Jae Crowder suffers left ankle sprain, out 'a week plus'

Jae Crowder suffers left ankle sprain, out 'a week plus'

BOSTON – The injuries just continue to pile up for the Boston Celtics with Jae Crowder being the latest victim. 

Crowder landed on the foot of ex-Celtic Rajon Rondo in the second quarter and did not return in the first half. 

Team officials said he suffered a left ankle sprain and would not return. 

CELTICS 107, Bulls 100

Boston began the third quarter with Marcus Smart starting in his place.

After the game, Celtics coach told Abby Chin that Crowder would be out 'a week plus.'

With the injury, Crowder joins fellow starter Al Horford (concussion) as key players out for a critical Eastern Conference matchup. 

Prior to the injury, Crowder had 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting to go with five rebounds. 

Celtics should get word Friday on Irving's status

Celtics should get word Friday on Irving's status

BOSTON -- Kyrie Irving has had a second opinion on his sore left knee, and a decision on what the next step will be is expected to be made within the next day or two, according to a league source.

 The medical officials involved in the initial evaluation will meet with those who examined him today, to compare notes and determine what’s in the best interest of Irving going forward.

 While surgery is a possibility, the source indicated that the current course of treatment, which consists primarily of rest, remains a consideration. 
The concerns regarding Irving’s knee are to be of the short-term variety, with the source indicating reports that there are long-term concerns with the knee are “just wrong.” 

 In his first season with the Celtics, Irving has appeared in 60 games in what has been one of his most efficient seasons as a scorer. 
He’s averaging 24.4 points per game while shooting a career-high 49.1 percent from the field. The five-time all-star is shooting 40.8 percent from 3-point range this season in addition to dishing out 5.1 assists along with grabbing a career-high 3.8 rebounds.


Celtics assistant McCarty to become coach at Evansville

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Celtics assistant McCarty to become coach at Evansville

BOSTON – The first member of the Brad Stevens’ coaching tree is about to take off. Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty is expected to be named head coach at Evansville University.

McCarty, an Evansville, Ind. native, was selected over a field of candidates that included former Indiana University standout Calbert Cheaney and David Ragland who, like McCarty, is an Evansville native.

The 6-foot-10 McCarty, a 10-year NBA veteran with seven-plus spent with the Celtics, has been part of Stevens’ coaching staff since 2013. The former Celtic has been a college assistant coach at Louisville (2007-2010) in addition to the NBA’s Indiana Pacers (2010-2011).