We know why Kyrie Irving was conspicuously absent from the Celtics bench during Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and the reason isn’t nefarious — he had just undergone nasal surgery related to his early-season facial fracture.
Speaking to reporters at the team’s break-up press conference on Monday, including ESPN’s Chris Forsberg, Celtics president Danny Ainge explained why Irving didn’t watch the team lose to the Cavaliers in its bid to reach the NBA Finals.
“Kyrie had a deviated septum, had some surgery on that, and so I don’t think he wanted to be seen,” said Ainge. “He’s a really good-looking guy. He can’t ruin his movie career.”
In an interview with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, Irving’s agent, Jeff Wechsler provided more details, noting that the injury stemmed from Irving’s November facial fracture that forced him to wear a mask after he caught an inadvertent elbow from teammate Aron Baynes.
“It was a residual from the facial fracture he had earlier in the season,” Wechsler told ESPN. “He had the knee surgery, and now he’s taken care of this sinus surgery, so he will be all set going forward.”
Irving missed the playoffs following surgery related to the kneecap he broke during the 2015 NBA Finals.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog