Kyrie Irving: Slated for second surgery, will miss 4-to-5 months

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news about Kyrie Irving

BOSTON (AP) - A person with knowledge of the situation says Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving will miss the rest of the regular season and playoffs after surgery on his left knee. But Boston and its band of misfits were lead by Rookie Jayson Tatum and a supporting cast that stepped up in big moments like Shane Larkin hitting a 3 to end the 3rd quarter or Terry Rozier shimmy shaking his way to a late 3 pointer with a defender in his face.

It initially sounded like Irving was just going to have a clean-up procedure, and the Celtics even referred to it as "minimally invasive".

He said: "The hardest thing to do sometimes is accept the uncontrollable things life throws at you".

The Wizards took Boston to seven games in the second round last season - but that was a very different Celtics team.

Gibson had one other stint in the National Basketball Association - in 2016, he played 17 games for the Dallas Mavericks, posting 6.2 points per game in 13 minutes.

That's obviously terrible news for Irving, and for Boston; it means their two biggest offseason acquisitions in Irving and Gordon Hayward will have both ended up with season-ending knee issues, although with very different circumstances. It's simply a test of your perseverance and Will, to be present, even in the wake of what's going on.

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But the Boston Celtics have now confirmed Irving will not play any part in the postseason. To ensure that no infection remains in the knee, the screws will be removed.

"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". That gives Danny Ainge more leverage should he include one of those players in a blockbuster deal for a third star.

Irving's initial timetable following knee surgery indicated he would be out 3-6 weeks, which left the door open for a return in the playoffs.

The Celtics are also without small forward Gordon Hayward, who suffered a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia against Cleveland on the opening night of the season. But the gifted Irving, who averaged 24.4 points on a career-best 49.1 percent from the floor, and mastermind head coach Brad Stevens pushed the C's to a top-five record in the NBA and had fans believing maybe, just maybe, an NBA Finals appearance was within reach.

One of the teams at the top of the conference is the Boston Celtics. Irving's injury, while unfortunate, has allowed Boston to showcase its role players to potential suitors. Boston's first-round playoff opponent will likely be Miami, Milwaukee or Washington.

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