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Kyrie Irving is out for the remaining season and playoffs following knee surgery

The Celtics' relative chances of winning the Eastern Conference were dimming, even with Kyrie Irving. Now, there's a scenario in which they could lose in the first round.


Kahron Spearman


Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving will miss the rest of the regular season and the playoffs after undergoing surgery on his left knee, ESPN reports.

 

The team, with Irving, are currently assessing additional medical options to treat his left knee further, sources told the outlet.

 

The Celtics (53-25) are the No. 2 seed in the East but would appear to be in deep trouble in regards to their playoff chances.

The five-time All-Star finishes his season averaging 24.4 points, 5.1 assists, and 3.8 rebounds.

 

Irving underwent a procedure to remove a tension wire in the knee on March 24, which was set into his knee during surgery to repair a fractured patella suffered in the 2015 NBA Finals. 

 

Irving took to Instagram after news broke and shared a lengthy message to fans, writing, "The hardest thing to do sometimes is accept the uncontrollable things life throws at you. You try consistently to learn, grow, and prepare everyday to equip your mind, body, and spirit with tools to deal with some of those things, but I feel when those moments arise they all give you a sense of unfulfillment, simply because it puts some of your professional journey and goals on a brief hold."

 

"It's simply a test of your perseverance and Will, to be present, even in the wake of what's going on. In this case, finding out I have an infection in my knee is definitely a moment that I now accept and move past without holding on to the all the what ifs, proving the nay-Sayers completely f***ing wrong, and accomplishing the goals I've set out for the team and myself," he continued. "This season was only a snapshot of what's to come from me. Trust Me. "The journey back to the top of Mt. Everest continues." #StandingRockSiouxTribe"

 

Boston traded for Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Initially, the Celtics appeared to have slightly gotten the better of the deal. However, with Irving now out and his knee's improvement up for speculation, the positioning changes. Additionally, Cleveland received Brooklyn's first rounder, which could be a top 3-5 pick.

The hardest thing to do sometimes is accept the uncontrollable things life throws at you. You try consistently to learn, grow, and prepare everyday to equip your mind, body, and spirit with tools to deal with some of those things, but I feel when those moments arise they all give you a sense of unfulfillment, simply because it puts some of your professional journey and goals on a brief hold.

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