Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving out 3-6 weeks after knee procedure

Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving out 3-6 weeks after knee procedure”

Celtics guard Kyrie Irving today underwent a minimally-invasive procedure to remove a tension wire in his left knee. Irving has missed Boston's last five games and received multiple opinions on his knee the last few days. Irving is expected to resume basketball activities in 3-6 weeks.

The Celtics announced that Irving's knee remains fully healed and structurally sound. Remember, Irving missed most of that series against the Golden State Warriors to injury. There was hope last week that Irving would return this week, but his knee issue did not improve with rest.

Irving had a procedure to insert the wire during the 2015 playoffs, when his Cavaliers were eventually beaten by the Warriors in six games in the finals.

In 60 games this year, the 26-year-old is averaging 24.4 points, 5.1 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals over 32.2 minutes per game while shooting 49.1 percent from the floor, 40.8 percent from three-point range and 88.9 percent from the free-throw line.

While Irving's absence int he first round would put the Celtics at serious risk of not advancing, they should get a little stronger when Jaylen Brown returns from a concussion Sunday. With Marcus Morris and Jayson Tatum as the offensive focal points, the Celtics have defeated two of the top four teams in the West (Oklahoma City, Portland) and shuffled closer to locking up the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. There's no real reason to rush Irving back before the end of the regular season.

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