The Boston Celtics will reportedly be without Kyrie Irving for the remainder of the regular season and the entire playoffs. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the news on Thursday afternoon, and the team confirmed that Irving will have a second knee surgery that will sideline him for four-to-five months.
Irving underwent surgery on his left knee on March 24 to remove a tension wire that was causing discomfort. He initially had a timeline of three-to-six weeks, which meant he would be out for the rest of the regular season, but there was hope he could possibly return in the playoffs depending on how far the Celtics went.
Irving will have another procedure on Saturday to remove two screws implanted in his left patella after the knee fracture he suffered in the 2015 Finals.
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Irving underwent a minimally invasive knee procedure on March 24, which removed a tension wire in his left knee. The wire had been implanted at the same time as the screws. According to the latest release, pathology “indicated the presence of a bacterial infection at the site of the hardware.
“To ensure that no infection remains in the knee, the screws will be removed.”
The Celtics are 53-25 and in second place in the Eastern Conference but have been bothered by injuries all season, starting with Gordon Hayward in Boston’s first game in October.
The Celtics, following their loss to the Raptors on Wednesday night, are all but locked into the No. 2 seed. Irving, of course, is not the only key member of the team who has had to undergo surgery this season. Gordon Hayward(ankle) and Daniel Theis (knee) will not play in the playoffs, and it’s likely that Marcus Smart (thumb) will miss out on the entire postseason as well.
Irving was having a fantastic season for the Celtics, who acquired him in August in a blockbuster trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Irving, who was voted an All-Star starter, averaged 18.1 points, 5.1 assists, 3.8 rebounds and shot 49.1% from the field and 40.8% on three-pointers in 60 games.