Celtics’ Guard Kyrie Irving Will Miss the Playoffs

Kyrie Irving with Celtics. Photo by Rob Sambles/Frozen in Motion/REX/Shutterstock

Boston Celtics have announced on Thursday that their All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving will miss the rest of the season including the playoffs. Irving had a minor surgery on his left knee on March 24 in order to remove the tension that was troubling him since the All-Star break, but he was expected to return at some point in the postseason.

Now, according to the Celtics, Kyrie Irving will have to undergo one more surgery due to a bacterial infection that was discovered on two screws in his patella. The screws were inserted in Irving’s knee in 2015, when suffered a fracture in 2015 NBA Finals, and will now be removed since his patella healed and “remains structurally sound” according to the team. The 26-year-old is expected to fully recover in four to five months.

After the announcement, Kyrie Irving posted a message on his Instagram profile writing “This season was only a snapshot of what’s to come from me.”

The hardest thing to do sometimes is accept the uncontrollable things life throws at you. You try consistently to learn, grow, and prepare everyday to equip your mind, body, and spirit with tools to deal with some of those things, but I feel when those moments arise they all give you a sense of unfulfillment, simply because it puts some of your professional journey and goals on a brief hold. It's simply a test of your perseverance and Will, to be present, even in the wake of what's going on. In this case, finding out I have an infection in my knee is definitely a moment that I now accept and move past without holding on to the all the what ifs, proving the nay-Sayers completely f***ing wrong, and accomplishing the goals I've set out for the team and myself. This season was only a snapshot of what's to come from me. Trust Me. "The journey back to the top of Mt. Everest continues." #StandingRockSiouxTribe Let's go Celtics!! Celtics fans, I look forward to hearing how loud it gets in the TD Garden during the playoffs and experiencing how intense the environment gets. Thank you all!

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Without Kyrie Irving, it is hard to expect that the Boston Celtics will manage to make a deeper playoff run. Before the surgery, he averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game and was the most important factor on the Celtic’s team.

Besides Irving and Gordon Hayward, who suffered a season-ending injury in his first official game for the team, Celtics are currently without guard Marcus Smart as well. Smart had a surgery on his right thumb in March, but the team remains hopeful that he will manage to get back at some point in the first round of the playoffs.