The Boston Celtics will be without their All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving for the rest of the regular season and the entire NBA Playoffs, the team announced on Thursday morning.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the story that Irving “will miss the rest of the regular season and playoffs” following a second knee surgery.
The team described the procedure saying Irving will “undergo a procedure to remove two screws implanted in his left patella after the patellar fracture he suffered during the NBA Finals in 2015.”
The 26-year-old Irving will miss 4-5 months recovering and rehabbing following the procedure according to ESPN.
Irving then confirmed the news on his Instagram account as he expressed his frustration and disappointment he would not get to take part in the NBA Playoffs with his team.
Irving’s injury is no doubt a massive blow to the Celtics, who are fighting with the Toronto Raptors for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. This makes it two stars for Boston after they lost All-Star forward Gordon Hayward to a broken foot on opening night in Cleveland back in October.
Without Irving, Boston has struggled to find any consistent play on the offensive end. So it does make you wonder if the door is now open for the Raptors or maybe even LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to go back to the NBA Finals once again.
The Celtics currently own a 53-25 record and are number two in the Eastern Conference, sitting three games behind No. 1 Toronto.