Report: Kyrie Irving out for rest of season, playoffs
If the Boston Celtics are going to make a deep run in the postseason, the team will have to do so without superstar point guard Kyrie Irving, per a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, citing league sources.
In the aftermath of left knee surgery, Boston Celtics All-Star guard Kyrie Irving will miss the rest of the regular season and playoffs, league sources told ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 5, 2018
A formal announcement is expected soon, according to Wojnarowski.
The Celtics released the following statement late last month when the decision was made that Irving would undergo surgery.
“Celtics guard Kyrie Irving today underwent a minimally-invasive procedure to remove a tension wire in his left knee. The wire was originally placed as part of the surgical repair of a fractured patella sustained during the 2015 NBA Finals,” the statement read. “While removal of the wire should relieve irritation it was causing in Irving’s patellar tendon, the fractured patella has fully healed and Irving’s knee has been found to be completely structurally sound. Irving is expected to return to basketball activities in 3-6 weeks.”
It’s clear now that the hopeful timeline proved to be the best-case scenario, one that will not come to fruition.
The Celtics (53-25), currently occupy the second seed in the Eastern Conference. The team’s championship aspirations obviously took a potentially critical hit with Thursday’s development on Irving’s status.