Kyrie Irving won't return this season, including playoffs

Kyrie Irving won't return this season, including playoffs

Kyrie Irving will not only miss the rest of the regular season, but also the playoffs, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The All-Star guard, who was acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers in a blockbuster offseason deal, underwent surgery to remove a tension wire in his left knee on March 24.

Irving has been dealing with discomfort in his knee for quite some time, and it sounds like it stems from the screws he had inserted after fracturing his knee cap in 2015.

The terrible news came after word about the state of Irving's knee emerged Thursday in a report from ESPN. The Celtics said removing the screws will ensure that no infection remains in the knee. His original timetable to return to the court was set at 3-6 weeks, but now the C's are shutting him down for the season. He is expected to make a full recovery in 4-5 months, the team said.

In an instagram post, Kyrie wrote that he accepts and is ready to "move past" the unfortunate news.

Irving appeared in 60 games this season, averaging 24.4 points. His play led the Celtics to the top of the Eastern Conference midway through the season where they lost star forward Gordon Hayward in the first game of the season.

Even if the Celtics still have plenty of talent to work with come playoff time, Irving has proven to be one of those players who is irreplaceable throughout his career, and there's no doubt this could shake up the outcome of the playoffs. Trust Me. "The journey back to the top of Mt. Everest continues".

In the 26-year-old's absence, the bulk of the point guard duties have fallen on Terry Rozier because Marcus Smart underwent surgery on his right thumb last month.

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