Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving will miss the remainder of the regular season and playoffs, the team announced.
After undergoing knee surgery a recently, Kyrie Irving will undergo another procedure on his left knee to remove two screws from his patella, inserted in 2015 to repair a fracture he suffered in the NBA Finals of that season. The team stated that a bacterial infection was found at the site of the screws when Irving had his most recent surgery, on March 24, to remove a tension wire in his knee and that the second procedure will ensure no infection remains in the knee. The wire had been inserted in the knee during the same surgery in which the screws were placed in 2015.
The team said Irving’s patella is completely healed and “remains structurally sound.” Irving is expected to make a full recovery in four to five months, per the organization.
The absence Irving is a crushing blow for the Celtics’ hopes of being serious contenders for the Eastern Conference championship. Boston (53-25) currently holds the 2nd seed in the East. Irving, 26, who last played on March 11, averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds during the season, his first in Green and White.
The Celtics acquired Irving in a blockbuster off-season trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who will be their prime competition in the Eastern Conference playoffs.