Celtics Confirm Kyrie Irving Will Undergo Knee Surgery
After weeks of speculation, regarding Kyrie Irving's injured knee that has kept him sidelined recently, the Boston Celtics have confirmed that their superstar will undergo surgery immediately.
The team's release says that the All-Star point guard will "undergo a minimally invasive procedure to alleviate irritation in his left knee," on Saturday.
It continued by saying the team will have no further comment until the procedure is completed and gave no timetable for Irving's potential return.
Speculation that surgery was a legitimate option for the ailing star has been ongoing for some time now.
Irving has missed five of the team's last seven games with left knee soreness, an issue that has plagued him over the past couple of years.
In the two game he has played, over that seven game span, he has logged just 46 total minutes.
With the team already down Gordon Hayward and Marcus Smart, who is expected to return by the postseason, there has been speculation that the smart play might be for the team to hold Irving out for the rest of the 2017-2018 campaign and effectively punt on the season.
It is unclear how long the procedure will keep Irving out of the lineup, but it will be something to keep a close eye on during the stretch run.
The C's have a top three seed in the East all but wrapped up, so going without Irving for the remainder of the regular season won't hurt them tremendously.
If he can't return for the postseason, however, the team's chances of an expected long and successful playoff run take a huge hit.