Kyrie Irving will miss the remainder of the regular season and the entire postseason after undergoing a procedure on his ailing knee, and the star point guard revealed some details about the injury on Thursday.
The initial surgery, described by the team as "minimally invasive", removed a tension wire from Irving's left knee that was causing discomfort, but also detected a bacterial infection where two screws were inserted in 2015 to fix a fractured kneecap. It's going to take between 4-5 months. Irving should be ready for training camp heading into the 2018-19 campaign if everything progresses as expected over the summer, but look for additional updates to be provided as he reaches milestones in his recovery.More news: Raikkonen on top for dominant Ferrari in Bahrain practice
Combine those injuries with Boston being without key reserves Marcus Smart and Daniel Theis, and suddenly the Celtics not only are viewed as being a step below the East's top teams, they also are arguably going to be underdogs to win a single series.
"The hardest thing to do sometimes is accept the uncontrollable things life throws at you", he wrote in an Instagram post. For years, it's been the Cleveland Cavaliers and everyone else. The only other player on the current roster who has won an National Basketball Association title, however, is Aron Baynes, who averaged less than ten minutes per game on the 2013-14 Spurs.
Kyrie Irving had surgery on March 24 to remove a tension wire in his left knee, but an infection was found in his knee and the next surgery on Saturday will change that.More news: Salman Khan to walk out of jail after 5 pm today
In the upcoming surgery, two screws will be removed.
The Boston Celtics are headed to the playoffs despite not having Gordon Hayward for all but one game this season. And the player he was dealt for, Isaiah Thomas, is out for the season following hip surgery. Do you believe that Irving's season-ending injury automatically ensures LeBron and the Cavs return to the NBA Finals? March was indeed a good month for the 5-foot-10 guard, averaging 7.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists while shooting 40.9 percent from the field and 48.0 percent from 3-point range.
The question is whether a by-committee approach will be enough against potential first-round opponents, which could be Miami, Washington or Milwaukee. Most of all because they have a real shot at being the 3-seed, which means a win in the first round would likely mean facing either a depleted Celtics roster or whichever team ends up in seventh.More news: Brazil court authorizes arrest warrant for ex-President Lula
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