Kyrie Irving is scheduled to receive a second opinion on his ailing left knee on Thursday. According to Chris Broussard of FoxSports, the worst-case scenario is coming into sharper focus.
Speaking on FS1’s the Herd, Broussard suggested that season-ending scenarios are on the table for Irving and the Celtics. If that’s the case, then Celtics boss Danny Ainge would finish the season without his two marquee off-season acquisitions — Irving and swingman Gordon Hayward.
“I will say this: There is some sentiment within the Celtics organization — let’s see what happens with the second opinion — that possibly, this is far from definite and I don’t want to sound the alarm, but possibly, this could put his season in jeopardy,” Broussard said. “If that’s the case, then Danny Ainge is looking more at, ‘You know what, if it’s the case, we’ll rest him now.’ Don’t push him through this season just to have him play in the playoffs when the knee’s not really right. Let’s get him healthy, and then he and Hayward come back next season. Now, I’m not saying that’s going to happen. I’m just saying there is some thinking that, ‘Let’s see what happens with this.'”
The Herald’s Steve Bulpett sounded a slightly more cautious tone on Thursday, noting that Irving could just need rest, but that if he requires surgery, he’d have to think long and hard about doing it soon, since any delay could impact his availability for the start of next season.
Irving had screws inserted in his knee in 2015 after he suffered a broken kneecap in the NBA Finals. Ainge has long maintained that Irving would eventually require a follow-up procedure. Perhaps that time is now.
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