Brutal news for the Celtics.
Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving will reportedly miss the rest of the regular season and the playoffs as a result of the left knee surgery he underwent last month, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
The "minimally invasive" knee procedure was conducted in an effort to alleviate irritation in Irving's knee, which originally flared up during a loss to the Houston Rockets on March 3rd. Initial reports suggested that he would only miss two to four weeks. According to Wojnarowski, the Boston Celtics say Irving will undergo another surgery on Saturday and he'll need four to five months to recover.
In 60 games with the Celtics this season, Irving averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists, and 3.8 rebounds per night. The Celtics have dealt with several injuries to key players this season most notably Gordon Hayward, who suffered a season-ending injury in his Celtics debut, as well as Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart. The team hopes Smart will be back for the playoffs.
The Celtics, 53-25, will likely enter the post-season as the second seed in the Eastern Conference.