Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving is set to undergo a surgery on his knee Saturday, according to Shams Charania of the Vertical.
Head coach Brad Stevens told reporters Tuesday that Irving would not make the four game road trip with the team in order to seek a second opinion.
The procedure, as the Celtics announced earlier this morning, will be a “minimally invasive procedure to alleviate irritation.
“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.”
Irving has not played since March 11 due to this knee injury. With only three weeks left in the regular season, this is cause for concern for a very talented Celtics team who are one of the favorites to come out of the Eastern Conference.
Irving is a crucial part to this team, as he is averaging 24.4 points and 5.1 assists per game. To make matters worse for the five-time all star, his teammates Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown are also currently dealing with lingering injuries as the team gears up for the playoffs.
Stepping in for Irving during this injury has has been Terry Rozier, who has done a great job leading this Celtics team in his absence by averaging 16.3 points, 6.3 assists and 6.3 rebounds.
The Celtics currently sit at second in in the Eastern Conference, but their main concern right now is getting healthy to prepare for the playoffs.