Coach Nick Nurse said he expected Ibaka back for Friday night's game.
Kyrie Irving scored 23 of his 43 points in the fourth quarter and overtime Friday as the Boston Celtics made a statement with a 123-116 victory over the NBA's Eastern Conference leading Toronto Raptors.
Given the wealth of talent the Celtics boast, the periodic lack of execution on both ends of the floor easily has been the most surprising thing this season.
But then, it appeared a light finally went off for the Celtics, especially Irving.
"When we throw out a blanket stat, we're not talking about the context of the game. We have one through fourteen guys that can play and are really good..." The people had spoken, they wanted the ball in Jayson Tatum's hands, but even he, appears to be slumping out the gate, as do many National Basketball Association players in their sophomore campaign.
"We always want to have success", added Kyrie Irving. The teams, which have won 11 of the last 12 Atlantic Division championships, will play twice more.
While the loss of Green will be a tough pill to swallow, the Raptors are getting plenty of production from the rest of their lineup, making many believe that this may be the team to break out in the East.
Raptors: Visit the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. The story so far this year has been that the Celtics have the skill, but that the ultimate execution is the key.
But they out-scored Toronto 29-25 in the final frame, knotting the score at 90-90 on Irving's three-pointer.
Limited to two points on 1-of-5 shooting in the first half, Tatum had 19 points on 7-for-8 shooting in the second half and overtime.
Stevens had seen enough and pulled most of his starters with about eight minutes left in the fourth quarter.
"I think a year ago, the young guys that are in the locker room now, some of the guys that are playing, they were a little bit younger", said Irving after he scored 20 points in the loss to Utah. The signs of simmering Kyrie Irving showed in the first quarter turned into cooking, and the Cs overall seemed better equipped to break through the Jazz defensive assignments (until they couldn't, which we'll get to shortly). We just need him to be kind of the jack of all trades that he is and find his playing rhythm and transition back into playing at a high level through that.
Green recorded five points, two rebounds and one assist over 20 minutes of action before exiting.
Boston falls to 9-7, and 5-2 at home after winning its previous four games at the Garden.