Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving underwent a minimally-invasive procedure today to remove a tension wire in his left knee, according to the team. With the Celtics roster a walking infirmary at this point, Irving is expected to return to basketball activities in 3-to-6 weeks.
#NEBHInjuryReport Kyrie Irving underwent a minimally-invasive procedure today to remove a tension wire in his left knee. He is expected to return to basketball activities in 3-6 weeks.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 24, 2018
The NBA playoffs begin April 14, which would put Irving in line for a return in the first round of the playoffs. A worst case scenario, per the team’s prognosis, would suggest sometime in the second round of the postseason, if the Celtics were to advance that far without their star guard.
The injury rules out Irving for the Celtics’ final 10 regular season games.
According to a release sent out by the team, “the wire was originally placed as part of the surgical repair of a fractured patella sustained during the 2015 NBA Finals. While removal of the wire should relieve irritation it was causing in Irving’s patellar tendon, the fractured patella has fully healed and Irving’s knee has been found to be completely structurally sound.”
Irving had felt discomfort after a March 3 loss to Houston, and left midway through a March 11 defeat at the hands of the Indiana Pacers.
Irving joins Daniel Theis and Marcus Smart as team members who have undergone surgery in the past 10 days. Gordon Hayward continues his recovery from the fractured ankle he suffered on opening night. Jaylen Brown is also currently out with a concussion.
Irving has dazzled this year with his playmaking skills, leading the team with 24.4 points and 5.1 assists per game.
With the abundance of injuries, the Celtics are expected to pursue a hardship exception. According to the Boston Herald, the Celtics are expected to target Sean Kilpatrick with a 10-day contract.
The Celtics have a six-game cushion on the third-place Cleveland Cavaliers for the second seed in the Eastern Conference.