Kyrie Irving could be back as soon as the start of the playoffs. The Celtics point guard is expected to return within 3-6 weeks after undergoing minor surgery Saturday to remove a tension wire in his left knee, the team announced.
In a statement, the Celtics acknowledged the wire was originally inserted into Irving’s knee when he had surgery to repair a fractured patella he suffered in the 2015 NBA Finals. “While removal of the wire should relieve irritation it was causing in Irving’s patellar tendon, the fractured patella has fully healed and Irving’s knee has been found to be completely structurally sound,” it reads.
Irving says he felt the aggravation in his knee against the Rockets March 3. He sat out the following game against the Bulls before returning to the lineup three nights later when the Celtics visited the Timberwolves. On March 11, he pulled himself out at halftime in Boston’s loss to the Pacers, and hasn’t been on the court since.
Originally, Irving didn’t intend to undergo surgery, but garnered second opinions this week after his soreness failed to dissipate.
Including Irving, three Celtics players have undergone surgery recently. Guard Marcus Thumb went under the knife to repair his torn thumb and forward Daniel Theis is out with a torn meniscus. In addition, Jaylen Brown has been out of action with a concussion. The Celtics have been without Gordon Hayward since he fractured his ankle on opening night.
Even with a short roster, the Celtics defeated two of the top four teams in the Western Conference –– Thunder and Blazers –– this week. They’re in firm command of the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Irving, 26, is averaging 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game this season.
Full article @ Kyrie Irving could be back at start of playoffs after minor knee surgery
Source: GreenStreet Blog