Kyrie Irving was enjoying a tremendous season after being traded from Cleveland. It has now been reported that he’s going in for a second surgery on Friday to remove a pair of screws from a previous surgery. On March 24th, we thought he was cleaning up his knee, but those screws became infected. The original surgery happened in 2015 when he went down in the NBA Finals from his fractured patella. The team said a bacterial infection was discovered at the site of the screws when Irving had his most recent surgery, on March 24, to remove tension wire in the knee and that Saturday’s procedure will ensure no infection remains in the knee. The wire had been placed in his knee during the same surgery in which the screws were inserted in 2015.
The Celtics said Irving’s patella is completely healed and “remains structurally sound.” Irving is expected to make a full recovery in four to five months, the team said. The loss of Irving is a devastating blow for Boston’s hopes of competing for the Eastern Conference championship. The Celtics (53-25) hold the No. 2 seed in the conference. The 26-year-old Irving, who last played in a game on March 11, averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds this season, his first in Boston. The Celtics are still without guard Marcus Smart, who had right thumb surgery in March. He’s hopeful to be able to return sometime early in the playoffs. After Thursday’s news, the Celtics’ odds at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook dropped from 20/1 to 80/1 to win the NBA title and from 9/2 to 20/1 to win the Eastern Conference.
The big question now is, who will step up for the Celtics during their playoff run? Before the injury to Kyrie, Boston was looked at as one of the teams that could dethrone the Cavs in the Eastern Conference. Boston will be the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, how far can they go without Irving? It looks like they’ll play either Miami, Milwaukee or Washington in the first round, are they in danger? Boston still have great, young talent and think they’ll make it out of the 1st round. In the second round, they could face either Cleveland or Philadelphia, now this could be intriguing. With Cleveland, Lebron James isn’t trying to lose to Kyrie’s team without him. As far as Philadelphia is concerned, things could be interesting if they don’t have Joel Embiid.
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