Kyrie Irving might rest 'aching' knee before playoffs begin


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Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving suggested he might need to miss some time as a result of a balky knee that flared up again on Sunday.

Irving initially skipped last week’s game in Chicago before opting to sit out the second half of Sunday’s game vs. Indiana.

The Pacers, now in third place in the East, rallied to beat the Celtics, who were without Jaylen Brown (concussion), Al Horford (illness) and Irving to end the game.

“I think (rest) will probably be the best thing, just instead of kind of hoping it gets better over the two or three days that it usually does,” Irving said to reporters. “It’s aching a little bit more than I wanted it to now, so I’m taking the necessary time.”

The Celtics, at 46-21, have a seven game lead on the Pacers and have plenty to time to rest Irving if they want. The playoffs start in a little over a month.

“When I actually do get back on the…

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