If the Boston Celtics are to make a run in this year’s playoffs, it will be without both of Danny Ainge’s major offseason acquisitions.
UPDATE: According to an official release by the team, Kyrie Irving will have ssrgery again on Saturday to remove screws from his knee.
“Following a mid-March procedure to remove a tension wire that had been implanted at the same time as the screws, pathology indicated the presence of a bacterial infection at the site of the hardware,” wrote the Celtics. “To ensure that no infection remains in the knee, the screws will be removed.”
Per the team, the knee is fully healed and structurally sound, but Irving will need 4-5 months to recover and rehab from Saturday’s procedure.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Kyrie Irving will be sidelined for the remainder of 2017-18. No matter how deep the short-handed Celtics go in the postseason, Irving will not be coming to the rescue.
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
Irving had a procedure done on his left knee on March 25 to remove some wiring that was in place to help heal from a broken knee cap in 2015. However, there was always a chance he would need further surgery to remove screws and be shut down until next season.
Irving has been out of the Celtics lineup since March 11. He and Gordon Hayward will now very likely be watching the No. 2 Celtics fend for themselves in the playoffs.
Stay tuned to CLNSMedia.com and @CelticsCLNS on Twitter for any updates or official word coming from the team. Tom Dufton will be back with the daily Boston Celtics Newsfeed podcast this afternoon.