The Celtics will now be down two All-Stars for their postseason run.
In the wake of a March procedure on his left knee, the Celtics have elected to shut down Kyrie Irving for the remainder of the regular season and postseason. The team announced on Thursday that the point guard would undergo season-ending surgery on his left knee to remove two screws implanted in his left patella after the patellar fracture he suffered during the NBA Finals in 2015. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com was first to report that Irving would be done for the season. He is expected to make a full recovery in 4-5 months, according to the team.
Irving underwent a minimally-invasive procedure to remove a tension wire in his left knee back on March 24. The wire was originally placed as part of the surgical repair of a fractured patella sustained during the 2015 NBA Finals, according to the team. He was initially expected to return to basketball activities in three to six weeks after the surgery, which would have fallen within the first two rounds of the postseason.
However, the team announced in a press release that 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 team remains insistent that the fracture in Irving’s patella has completely healed, and his knee remains structurally sound.
Irving averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds for the Celtics this season.