Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving recently underwent surgery to remove a tension wire in his left knee. According to most accounts, the five-time All Star will be out of commission for three to six weeks. However, the procedure also revealed a bit of good news. The patella injury that Irving sustained in the 2015 NBA Finals appears to be fully healed.
Via Rachel Bowers of Boston.com:
“The wire was originally placed as part of the surgical repair of a fractured patella sustained during the 2015 NBA Finals,” the Celtics said in a statement. “While removal of the wire should relieve irritation it was causing in Irving’s patellar tendon, the fractured patella has fully healed and Irving’s knee has been found to be completely structurally sound.”
If Irving, who is not traveling with the team on their current road trip, misses the full six weeks, his return would come shortly after Boston's first-round playoff series.
Irving, who turned 26 on Friday, has not played since March 11. The crafty ball-handler left during a game against the Indiana Pacers due to knee soreness. In his 60 appearances with the Celtics this season, the former No. 1 overall pick (2011) has turned in averages of 24.4 points on 49.1 percent shooting from the field (40.8 percent from beyond the arc), 5.1 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals.
The Celtics — now the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference standings with a 50-23 overall record — have just nine games remaining on their regular season schedule. They'll be back in action on Monday night, as they're scheduled to face the Phoenix Suns inside Talking Stick Resort Arena at 10:00 p.m. EST.