CELTICS KYRIE IRVING TO MISS POSTSEASON DUE TO KNEE SURGERY

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Boston Celtics and All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, needs another operation on his left knee and will miss the postseason. The team, which had been hopeful that Irving would return to the lineup at some point in the playoffs after undergoing knee surgery last month, announced Thursday that he was scheduled for a second procedure to remove two screws from the knee and that he would need four to five months to recover.

 

Irving’s problems stem from a procedure he had three years ago, after he fractured his left kneecap in the 2015 N.B.A. finals. At the time, surgeons implanted a tension wire and two screws in his knee.

But this season, after experiencing discomfort, Irving underwent what the Celtics described as a “minimally invasive procedure” to remove the wire with the aim of relieving irritation in his patellar tendon.

The Celtics had anticipated that Irving, 26, would be able to return within three to six weeks, but subsequent tests revealed a bacterial infection at the site of the two screws. On Saturday, Irving is scheduled to have the screws removed to “ensure that no infection remains in the knee,” the team said in a statement.