Brad Stevens says he texted Kyrie Irving following knee surgery
Kyrie Irving’s knee just wasn’t getting better and he and the Boston Celtics decided to do a minor knee operation that should help with the injury but will make Irving miss 3-6 weeks.
#NEBHInjuryReport Kyrie Irving underwent a minimally-invasive procedure today to remove a tension wire in his left knee. He is expected to return to basketball activities in 3-6 weeks.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 24, 2018
Before the Celtics game on Sunday night with the Sacramento Kings, Brad Stevens provided an update to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe on Irving:
“I’ve texted with him. Left him a message this morning & haven’t heard back. But the timeline will be determined on how he feels & how quickly he can get back on the court & everything else. There’s still a process after that too to be ready to play in a game.”
If Irving was able to recover in that three week time period that would set him up for a return during the first round of the playoffs, but the chances he plays again during the regular season are very thin.
Irving’s knee is structurally sound and playing on it wouldn’t cause any more injuries but with the pain it was causing they decided to go the route of surgery.
Irving has played 60 games this year averaging 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game. He has helped lead the Celtics to the second spot in the Eastern Conference.
If the season ended today the Celtics would play the Miami Heat who sit in the seventh spot in the conference. The team still has the team to win a series if Irving doesn’t play but it would be a lot more difficult and something the Celtics don’t want to have to do.