Celtics Stepping Up Without Kyrie Irving

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Kyrie Irving in the Celtics' Jan. 29 game against Denver. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- All-Star starter Kyrie Irving's averaging 25 points a game this season, but the Celtics have managed to win three straight without their best player as he's rested his bruised quad.

Irving and Marcus Morris joined their teammates to start a 2-game road trip, which means both could play tonight in Toronto in the 7:30 tip.

Terry Rozier's shined with both Irving and Marcus Smart out. In his first three career starts, he's averaged 20 points, eight rebounds, and six assists.

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The injured star, rehabbing in Southern California, will travel with the Celts in another month-and-a-half or so.

How has Rozier's group played so well without Kyrie? 

"It just shows the character of our team," Rozier said. "It's just always ready, we can always count on one another."

Important one tonight. Celts lead the Raptors by just 2 games in the East. Raps have won 4 of 5 and they're 21-and-4 at home.

C's won their first meeting in Boston 95-94 November 12.

Hear more from Rozier below.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman reports

Adam Kaufman

Adam Kaufman

Adam Kaufman is the morning drive sports anchor and a multimedia journalist for the Marconi Award-winning WBZ-AM NewsRadio 1030. Since joining the station in 2012, he's had the opportunity to cover multiple Super Bowls, Boston Marathons, and... Read more

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