Irving out for Celtics due to scratched eyes

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, who suffered two scratched eyes in Monday’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs, sat out Wednesday night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Originally the issue was Irving’s left eye, then Tuesday the right eye was bothering him, and Wednesday he had inflammation in the left eye. His right eye is feeling a little better, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

Irving suffered the injury as he and Spurs guard Marco Belinelli attempted to secure a rebound in the fourth quarter of Monday’s game. Belinelli swiped at the ball and hit Irving in both eyes, causing the Celtics guard to stay down on the floor for a short time writhing in pain.

“[He] smacked the s— out of me,” Irving said. “He just caught me pretty good.”

Irving briefly left the game but returned to the floor and scored two points down the stretch.

An eight-year veteran, Irving is averaging 23.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 6.6 assists. He has produced at least eight assists in three consecutive games.

Big men Aron Baynes (left fourth metacarpal fracture) and Robert Williams (left groin strain) were also out for the Celtics.

For the Wolves, forward Robert Covington (ankle) and guards Derrick Rose (ankle) and Jeff Teague (ankle) sat out Wednesday night.

ESPN’s Michael C. Wright contributed to this report.

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