Al Horford, who has been dealing with concussion symptoms, is in the starting lineup. He missed the last two games.
Celtics big man Aron Baynes hit Irving while trying to defend a Kemba Walker shot attempt in the first quarter of Friday’s game. After fouling Walker on a drive, Baynes spun to box out and his right elbow smashed Irving, who immediately collapsed to the floor clutching his face.
Irving was attended to by Celtics trainer Art Horne and left the court clutching a towel over his bloodied face.
Boston already was playing without Gordon Hayward (ankle) and Horford. Irving included, that’s $76.2 million worth of unavailable talent.
Even without their stars, the Celtics won their 11th straight game while rallying from 18 down to top Charlotte. Backup point guard Shane Larkin, who could see an increased role if Irving is out Sunday, scored a team high 16 points in Friday’s win.
Information from ESPN’s Chris Forsberg was used in this report.