Injuries may be the fatal blow on the Celtics stellar season. With backup big man Daniel Theis (knee) and high-intensity guard Marcus Smart (thumb) likely out for the season, the Celtics can’t afford to sideline their best player if they want to make noise in the playoffs.
Kyrie Irving, whose average 24 ppg on 50% shooting this season, has been sidelined for the past four games after the left knee he injured in the 2015 Finals began to flare up. Kyrie, who turned 26 today, underwent surgery on his knee after the 2015, when surgeons inserted screws to stabilize his kneecap.
After receiving a second opinion in New York on Thursday, the Celtics announced today that Kyrie will undergo “minimally invasive” surgery on Saturday in hopes of eliminating knee pain.
The Celtics did not give a timetable for Kyrie’s return, but adding that “further information will be provided following [Saturday’s] procedure.”
Without Kyrie, Smart, Theis, and Gordon Hayward, the Celtics young guns proved that they are still a team worthy of respect in the postseason. Rookie Jayson Tatum has all the makings of a future star and Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier are instilling immense hope in the Boston fanbase.
With that said, having Kyrie Irving available to work probably, maybe would be beneficial.