Kyrie Irving has officially been ruled out for the remainder of the 2018 NBA season, including the playoffs, due to a knee injury according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
A few weeks ago, it was announced that Irving would undergo a minimally invasive surgery on his knee in hopes of being healthy once the playoffs arrived.
“He has some surgery that may need to happen,” general manager Danny Ainge said on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich. “But maybe not this summer. Maybe the following summer or maybe the summer after that. I think that he could probably do it any time he wanted, but I’m not sure that it’s needed at this moment.”
Clearly, the injury is much more serious than the Celtics originally thought. The injury stemmed from the 2015 Eastern conference finals when his knee was first injured. He never had any surgery on it in hopes that it would not be as serious as it is now.
This is a huge blow to an incredibly successful season for this Celtics team. They currently sit at second place in the Eastern Conference with a 53-25 overall record.
Irving has averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds over the 60 games he has played this season.
This Celtics team is extremely talented, and were one of the favorites to come out of the Eastern Conference. Without Irving, they fall tremendously.
This is just one of many injuries for the Celtics this year. Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart have also had significant injuries that have sidelined them for an extended period of time. Perhaps the biggest injury of the year was Gordon Hayward’s, as he did not make it through his first game with the Celtics following him dislocating his ankle and fracturing his Tibia.
The Celtics can only hope that these injuries are short term, and that they will not persist into the upcoming seasons.