Celtics announce Kyrie Irving will miss 4-5 months after knee surgery

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news about Kyrie Irving

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news about Kyrie Irving

The surgery will be to remove two screws in his knee that were put in to fix a patella fracture in 2015, but have developed a bacterial infection at the insertion sites that was discovered in Irving's latest surgery. Then again, when seeing how well this team has managed to play without their star center, there's every reason in the world to feel confident about Philadelphia's chances of continuing to be a serious threat in the postseason, and the news surrounding Irving may help those odds hit a whole new level. It's simply a test of your perseverance and Will, to be present, even in the wake of what's going on.

Irving will have another procedure on Saturday to remove two screws implanted in his left patella after the knee fracture he suffered in the 2015 Finals.

But perhaps no team looks more risky than the Philadelphia 76ers, who have won 12 straight games as they prepare for their first playoff appearance since 2012.

But while the Cavaliers can't catch the Celtics by next week, the presumption is without Irving, LeBron James has a clear path back to the NBA Finals.

The rest of the Celtics are the No. 2 seed in the East, with the regular-season dynamo that is the Raptors atop the conference. He's expected to make a full recovery in four-to-five months, but that means he would miss the remainder of the season and playoffs. This season was only a snapshot of what's to come from me.

Prior to going down to injury, Irving was averaging 24.4 points an 5.1 assists on 49 percent shooting.

In addition to Irving, Marcus Smart is sidelined following right thumb surgery and Daniel Theis is out for the season after left knee surgery.

However, the five-time All-Star will have another operation in an attempt to rid him of lingering problems, but he is not expected to return until August at the earliest. "Trust Me. The journey back to the top of Mt. Everest continues".

The Celtics could face the Miami Heat (No. 6), the Washington Wizards (No. 7) or the Milwaukee Bucks (No. 8) in the first round of the playoffs.

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