Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving will miss the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs as a result of another knee surgery, the Celtics announced.
Irving underwent surgery on his left knee on March 24 to remove a tension wire that was causing discomfort. His initially had a three-to-six week timeline, which meant he would be out for the rest of the regular season, but there was hope he could possibly return in the playoffs depending on how far the Celtics went.
But now, no matter how deep into the playoffs the Celtics go, they will be without Irving. Gordon Hayward (ankle) and Daniel Theis (knee) will not play in the playoffs, and it's likely that Marcus Smart (thumb) will miss out on the entire postseason as well.
Irving, who orchestrated his exit from James and Cleveland last offseason, recently had left knee surgery that previously had been believed to sideline the star point guard for the remainder of the regular season. His timeline has been pushed back, and the worst Boston fears have come true.
Kyrie was having a fantastic season for the Celtics, who acquired him in August in a blockbuster trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Irving, who was voted an All-Star starter, averaged 18.1 points, 5.1 assists, 3.8 rebounds and shot 49.1% from the field and 40.8% on three-pointers in 60 games.
The rest of the Celtics are the No. 2 seed in the East, with the regular-season dynamo that is the Raptors atop the conference. The Cavs, as always, lurk, currently tied with Philadelphia at No. 3.