Boston Celtics

Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving will miss the rest of the regular season and playoffs as a result of undergoing knee surgery, as first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Irving underwent a minor procedure on March 24 to remove a tension wire, which remained from a 2015 surgery to repair a fractured kneecap. His original timetable to return to the court was set at 3-6 weeks, but now the C’s are shutting him down for the season.

Wojnarowski added in a story filed to ESPN that the Celtics are “evaluating further medical options” for Irving’s left knee. The team later confirmed the news and announced that Irving is undergoing another procedure to remove screws from his knee. His recovery time is set at 4-5 months.

INDIANAPOLIS – Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics watches the action during the game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on December 18, 2017. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Celtics remain hopeful that Marcus Smart will return early in the playoffs. But of course, their hopes of winning the Eastern Conference crown have taken a critical, potentially fatal blow with Irving out of the lineup.

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Now, for the 26-year-old Irving, the focus will turn to his long-term health and concerns about his knee. But the Celtics have a good chance to be back at full strength next fall, when both Irving and Gordon Hayward return.

— Courtesy 98.5 The Sports Hub Newswire