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Kyrie Irving | Guard | #11

Team: Boston Celtics
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/23/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 193
College: Duke
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (1) / CLE
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Kyrie Irving hit just 2-of-14 shots for seven points in Tuesday's season-opener against the 76ers.
We were expecting some rust, but not this much. Irving was 0-of-8 from the field in the first half, but looked more like himself after the break. The good news is he salvaged his line with seven assists, four rebounds and a triple. Terry Rozier did close this game over Kyrie, but the Celtics did have a double-digit lead at the time. We won't overreact to one bad game, but it's fair to expect some duds from Kyrie since he's coming off a lengthy knee injury and because the Celtics are so deep this year. He'll get a few days off to prepare for a bounce-back effort vs. Toronto on Friday. Oct 16 - 10:39 PM

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Kyrie Irving (ribs) and Gordon Hayward (back) were able to practice in full on Tuesday.

They sat out Boston's preseason finale last Saturday as a precautionary measure, but neither guy is dealing with anything noteworthy. Irving could be huge in his second season with the Celtics, and it'll be interesting to see how quickly Hayward gets back into his flow after missing all but five minutes of the 2017-18 season. There's some injury risk to both these guys, but when healthy, they're nothing short of elite.
Oct 10 - 11:54 AM

Coach Brad Stevens said that he expects Kyrie Irving (ribs) to participate in portions of Tuesday's practice.

Irving did not play in Saturday's preseason finale, but it sounds like it was merely a precautionary move. All indications are that Kyrie's rib issue is only minor and that he's expected to be ready for the season opener next week.
Oct 9 - 11:42 AM

Kyrie Irving said on Thursday that he intends to re-sign with the Celtics this summer, and has "verbally committed" to remaining with the franchise long-term.

Irving has announced his intentions in talks with "Boston ownership over the past few weeks," and this seems to go beyond mere talking points due to the 'verbal commitment'. He's been extremely vague about his plans in the past, so this should reduce unnecessary distractions as Boston seeks to vie for a championship and win the LeBron-less Eastern Conference.
Oct 4 - 7:05 PM

Kyrie Irving (ribs) won't travel to Cleveland for the Celtics' preseason finale on Saturday.

This sounds like a mere precaution and Irving said he's sore from hard practices the past week. He looked terrific in the exhibitions he played in, and even logged 29 minutes on Sunday, which gives his fantasy value some momentum heading into the regular season.
Oct 4 - 5:49 PM

Kyrie Irving (rest) will not suit up for Tuesday's preseason game against the Cavs.

Irving logged 29 minutes in Sunday's meaningless game, so it's not surprising to see him hit the sidelines for Tuesday's exhibition. Head coach Brad Stevens said he doesn't anticipate resting any of his other guys, so Gordon Hayward and Al Horford (wrist) should be out there. With Irving unavailable, Terry Rozier should get most of the PG minutes.

Kyrie Irving played a game-high 29 minutes on Sunday, scoring 20 points on 7-of-14 field goals and 5-of-5 free throws in a win vs. the Hornets.

He added four assists, three rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer. The fact that Boston let him play nearly 30 minutes in an exhibition bodes very well, and his surgically-repaired left knee hasn't limited him whatsoever through two games. There's obvious risk with a player who has averaged 16.7 DNPs in his seven-year career, but the early returns this preseason are encouraging. He said afterward that he might sit out Tuesday's game as a precaution.
Sep 30 - 9:05 PM

Kyrie Irving scored nine points on 4-of-10 shooting in Friday's preseason opener.

He played 22 minutes on the night, grabbing four rebounds with three assists, two blocks, one triple and one turnover. There wasn't a lot to take away from this game on the Boston side, but Irving certainly didn't look like a player that hasn't played a game since March. He should flirt with top-15 value when he's healthy, but if you plan on drafting him it makes too much since to handcuff him with Terry Rozier in the second half of your draft.
Sep 28 - 10:00 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee) was a full participant at Tuesday's practice.

This isn't really news, as Irving has been scrimmaging multiple days in a row for some time now, but if you're desperate for some hoops, you can watch Uncle Drew nail a game-winning trey-bomb in Tuesday's scrimmage (link below). Irving has definitely earned the injury-prone label with his history of knee issues, but when healthy, he's a top-15 player.
Sep 25 - 6:41 PM

Kyrie Irving said that he's aware that he's been linked to Jimmy Butler in rumors regarding a mutual desire to play together in NY, but said he's had no such discussions with Butler.

The prospect of Kyrie and Butler teaming up together in New York, or in another city, made the rounds earlier this summer. However, Irving says that's is not in the cards. Per ESPN's report, Irving says the last time he talked to Butler at length was when they were both playing with USA Basketball back in 2016.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 22 - 1:34 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee) believes he is the healthiest and strongest he's been in three years.

Irving had surgery to remove a tension wire in his knee in March and then had a second surgery to remove two screws from his left patellar tendon due to an infection. He says he finally feels healthy. "Now when I go to the rim," Irving explained, "I'm able to maintain my strength and athleticism, so when I get under there I have all sorts of options. No limitations. I can pick my spots. It's a lot better." Irving has a chance to finish this season ranked inside the top-15 overall in nine-cat leagues if he can stay healthy all year.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 22 - 9:26 AM

The Celtics currently have no plans to rest Kyrie Irving (left knee) or Gordon Hayward (left leg surgery) in back-to-back situations this season.

"I’m not sure I anticipate [resting in back-to-backs] with either of those guys from everything I’ve been told thus far," Stevens said on Wednesday. "I think they’ve really made great strides, they’ve been working out, playing in small groups and playing 5-on-5 for over a few weeks now." It was recently reported that Kyrie won't have a minute-limit to begin the season, either, giving prospective owners another reason for optimism.
Sep 19 - 9:45 PM

Kyrie Irving (left knee) won't be under any minutes restrictions when the regular season begins according to David Aldridge of The Athletic.

Irving has been cleared for basketball activities since July and this comes on the heels of Danny Ainge's comments that Irving will be ready to go at "full speed" in training camp. Irving was the 14th best player in 9-category leagues on a per-game basis last season, but his durability issues are a red flag.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 18 - 8:20 PM

The Knicks plan to make Kyrie Irving their No. 1 target in free agency next summer, according to A. Sherrod Blakey of NBC Sports Boston.

Here's the full quote from Blakey: "I can tell you right now, the New York Knicks, [Irving] is their No. 1 target. I’ve spoken with people within that organization. They have made it absolutely crystal clear to me that, if they had their pick of guys that are going to be in the free agent market this summer, Kyrie would be their first, second, third and fourth choice." The Knicks will likely have max cap space available and apparently plan to make a hard push for Irving.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 13 - 1:21 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee) reportedly looked "amazing" at a recent workout in Miami, scrimmaging without restrictions for two days straight.

The star-studded scrimmage at the Miami Heat facility included Kevin Durant, James Harden and several other Heat players, and Irving appeared to be going full-bore. Irving underwent a minimally invasive knee surgery back in March, but it looks like he'll be 100% heading into camp. Still, the knee issues will make him a risky early-round investment.
Sep 11 - 3:05 PM