On Monday afternoon our own Tony Massarotti of ‘Felger and Massarotti‘ broke the news on 98.5 The Sports Hub, that Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving ‘will be getting a second opinion on his ailing left knee in the coming days.’
The five-time all-star hasn’t seen the court since March 11, against the Indiana Pacers, when he played just over 15 minutes prior to coming out of the game with left knee soreness.
Since then, the Celtics have been without one of their “max” players for the last four games and from the sounds of it, it could be even longer.
Should Celtics fans be concerned?
It’s a little too early to sound the alarms, but there is growing concern about Irving’s knee and how it affects his timetable for a return.
Here’s your chance to gauge your level of concern:
At 4:46 p.m. yesterday, Massarotti broke the news that Irving will be “getting a second opinion.”
But more importantly, “he needs the screws out.” So at this point it sounds like Irving has two options: play through the inflammation or get the screws out and ride the bench as the Celtics look to make a run through the 2018 NBA Playoffs.
It didn’t take long for Massarotti’s tweet to ignite an avalanche of tweets concerning Irving’s knee situation.
About an hour after Mazz, at 5:45 p.m., Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, confirms his scoop and adds that Irving’s appointment will be “later this week.”
Yes Mazz, we believe you! Let me rephrase, “You’re right, Tony!”
Not even 20 minutes later, Chris Forsberg of ESPN, confirms Irving’s second opinion with Celtics’ head coach Brad Stevens prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He adds that Irving has been dealing with his sore knee “throughout the month [of March].”
And lastly, it was just a matter of time until Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, dropped in with a scoop of his own. According to Woj, the “belief is still rest is the best remedy for his eventual return.”
Now that you’ve heard mostly everything about Irving’s troubled left knee, are you concerned yet?
Mazz says his screws need fixing. Forsberg says Irving has been dealing with this troubled knee for a while now. And Woj comes in saying that all he needs is rest.
Okay. So how about now? Are you concerned yet?
If you’re not concerned yet about Irving’s knee, keep the faith.
But if you are, there’s no reason yet on why you shouldn’t be. Especially if you take into account the strain and pressure put on the knee while running up and down the court. Plus the jumping and the jerky movements associated with the game. That’s a lot to put on a “bum” knee. And how much can that knee take until enough’s enough and he’s done for the season?
It begs the question: Do you want the Celtics to roll out Irving at less than 100 percent? Or would you rather the C’s hold out their all-star guard until he’s a full 100 percent?
Take it for what you will, but either way, the chances of Irving returning this season are still up in the air. But we should hopefully have a definitive answer once he gets his second opinion later on this week.
UP NEXT: The Celtics (47-23) will start a four-game West Coast trip on Friday night against Damian Lillard and the smoking-hot Trail Blazers (44-27). The Trail Blazers are 22-6 since January 16 and they’re just coming off of a 13-game winning streak, after falling to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. Catch the call of Friday’s game with Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell, live on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Pre-game coverage begins at 9:30 p.m., with tip-off set for 10:00 p.m.
— By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com
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