Kyrie Irving Back For Celtics In Minnesota After 1-Game Absence

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Kyrie Irving. (Elsa/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- The Celtics have won five of six, and they'll try to build upon that run tonight in Minnesota when they wrap up their three-game road trip with the rubber-match.

Good news--Kyrie Irving will return to the lineup after sitting out Monday's win in Chicago with a sore knee.

We all know how important Irving is to the C's. He's averaging 25 points and 5 assists. 

"It's huge," Marcus Smart said. "A guy like Kyrie who knows what it takes to win a championship and the things you have to go through, to have somebody like that to come in and kind of stabilize this group where you got a lot of young guys, a lot of young talent ... some of us have been thrown in the fire very early."

The Wolves are missing one of their top stars. Jimmy Butler's out indefinitely after meniscus surgery on his right knee.

The club still has Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, though, and sits sixth in the West--10 games over .500 after a 1-and-2 trip--but they're elite at home at 25-and-7. The Celts are 22-and-9 on the road.

The C's can clinch a playoff spot with a win.

Tip-off at 8 p.m.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman reports

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