Kyrie Irving won't return this season, including playoffs

Kyrie Irving won't return this season, including playoffs

Kyrie Irving won't return this season, including playoffs

According to the Celtics, a mid-March procedure found an infection in Irving's left knee that necessitated Saturday's upcoming operation.

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. But the Celtics have a good chance to be back at full strength next fall, when both Irving and Gordon Hayward return.

"This season was only a snapshot of what's to come from me", he said in his post. Now they will have to go through the playoffs without Kyrie Irving. Trust Me. "The journey back to the top of Mt. Everest continues".

The 26-year-old averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds over 60 games in his first season in Boston.

With Irving adding to the mounting injuries in the team, it is going to be tough for the Celtics to advance far in the NBA Playoffs. The Toronto Raptors are poised to be the top-seeded team behind DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry.

The fracture in Irving's patella has completely healed, and his knee remains structurally sound.

Terry Rozier, a second-year guard from Louisville, who has been starting for Irving, will be forced to take on greater responsibility in the playoffs.

Kyrie was expected to miss a few weeks of action, but it was widely speculated that if Boston could get out of the first round, he would be able to play in the playoffs. Despite losing their one-time All-Star, Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, and young prospects stepped up en route to a 53-25 record, second-best in the Eastern Conference. Bench forward Daniel Theis is out for the season.

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