Down by double digits in the first half, Victor Oladipo and the Pacers came to life in the second half when Irving exited the game to hold off the shorthanded Boston Celtics 99-97 on Sunday night at TD Garden in Boston.
Irving was uncertain when asked if he might eventually need more work on the knee.
Marcus Morris drew an offensive foul on Oladipo during an inbounds play with 1.5 seconds left for a last-gasp chance, but Terry Rozier front-rimmed an off-balance shot, and the Pacers walked off as winners.
The knee has been problematic of Irving throughout the season, and the veteran guard most recently missed a March 5 win in Chicago because of it.
Khloe Kardashian Reveals New Details About Her "Magical" Baby Shower
Khloé Kardashian wore what E! described as "a blush silk crepe robe and hand-beaded cocktail dress custom made by Sergio Hudson". If this is how Khloe went for the baby shower, I can only imagine what her daughter's birthday parties are going to be like.
"Yeah, I think that would probably be the best thing", Irving said. The Celtics are firmly entrenched in the No. 2 spot, now trailing the Raptors by 3.5 games (though two head-to-head matchups remain) and sitting 7 games ahead of the surging Pacers. They next visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday. All-Star Al Horford also did not play Sunday night due to an illness. Rozier missed a driving layup with 15 ticks to play, and Oladipo made two free throws with 10.4 left.
"(Bojan) Bogdonovic has been great all year", said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. "I just got to do that".
As the buzzer sounded, Cory Joseph got tangled up with Morris and Marcus Smart, bringing all three to the floor; players milled around and officials kept them separated but tensions were quickly soothed.
Considering Boston (46-20) has won six of its last seven games, clinched a playoff berth quicker than any Stevens-coached team, you can understand why he wants to keep his roster and rotations as status quo as possible.
Fatal helicopter crash in New York City's East River
Argentina's NY consulate said Monday that Carla Vallejos Blanco was one of the victims in the crash Sunday night. The pilot managed to free himself from a safety harness and was later discharged in good health from hospital.
IN quickly erased a 10-point halftime deficit, scoring 11 straight points: back-to-back 3-pointers from Bojan Bogdanovich and Joseph, and then five points in a row from Oladipo, to take a 60-57 lead. "I thought a few days, usually it just subsides, but it's been aching for a little bit, so I'm just going to do what's necessary in order to get back where I need to be to feeling comfortable".
Indiana's 99-97 win in Boston gave the Pacers a win leading into their toughest week of the season.
The Celtics fought hard for a 50-40 halftime lead, limiting Oladipo to just 3-for-9 from the field in the first half.
While not as important as Kyrie Irving, Theis is still an important factor off the Celtics bench.
BU Student Death Declared a Homicide
On Friday afternoon, crime scene tape was put near the Oak Street residence where Anderson's body was found. Anderson was a senior at SUNY Binghamton, where she lived off campus while pursuing her nursing degree.