The Boston Celtics are expected to get both Kyrie Irving (eye) and Marcus Morris (neck) back on Monday night against the Brooklyn Nets, as Morris has been upgraded to probable while Irving has been taken off the injury report entirely.
Clipped in the eye by the Spurs' Marco Belinelli, Irving talked about the injury on Sunday, and admitted he tried to figure out whether or not Belinelli intended to target him with a potential dirty swipe.
“It was swollen, and there was light sensitivity after the initial hit,” Irving told reporters. “Watched it a few times, trying to figure out whether or not it was malicious or not, but I don’t think it was. So I’ll let it go.
"But I got hit pretty good, and I’m just glad to get a few days rest, as well.”
Dealing with what the team termed a 'scratched cornea,' Irving has missed the last two games for the Celtics, both wins featuring at least 114 points from the Green's offense.
Morris, meanwhile, is expected back in action after missing Friday's victory over the Mavericks with a stiff neck.
“It’s a lot better,” Morris said. “I made shots [in practice], so that’s the only thing that matters.”
In other injury news, rookie center Robert Williams III is questionable with a groin injury, while veteran big man Aron Baynes remains out of action with a fractured left hand.
The Celtics come into play with wins in five of their last seven games.
The Nets, meanwhile, are riding a three-game win streak and have victories in seven of their last 10 games.