Title hopes for the Boston Celtics are all but put to rest now, as one of the most integral parts of their team in Kyrie Irving will be missing the postseason.
Not only did Kyrie go through a recent procedure to remove a tension wire in the knee but now he has to have a second surgery this weekend to fix that. The new procedure will remove two screws in his patella to repair a fracture he suffered in the 2015 NBA Finals. Unfortunately, he suffered a bacterial infection as a result, which was discovered during his latest procedure. This latest surgery will ensure he recovers healthy with no infection in the knee.
Irving posted this message to Instagram following the news:
The hardest thing to do sometimes is accept the uncontrollable things life throws at you. You try consistently to learn, grow, and prepare everyday to equip your mind, body, and spirit with tools to deal with some of those things, but I feel when those moments arise they all give you a sense of unfulfillment, simply because it puts some of your professional journey and goals on a brief hold. It’s simply a test of your perseverance and Will, to be present, even in the wake of what’s going on. In this case, finding out I have an infection in my knee is definitely a moment that I now accept and move past without holding on to the all the what ifs, proving the nay-Sayers completely f***ing wrong, and accomplishing the goals I’ve set out for the team and myself. This season was only a snapshot of what’s to come from me. Trust Me. “The journey back to the top of Mt. Everest continues.” #StandingRockSiouxTribe
Let’s go Celtics!! Celtics fans, I look forward to hearing how loud it gets in the TD Garden during the playoffs and experiencing how intense the environment gets. Thank you all!
Boston currently has the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference but have been riddled with injuries throughout the season, starting with the gruesome injury to Gordon Hayward on the first game of the season. Other players that have missed time on the court for the Celtics have included Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, Al Horford, etc.
This is crucial blow for the team, which had championship expectations starting the season and have been competitive, even with the injuries and the young core playing extra minutes. It’ll be interesting to see how far they advance in the playoffs without Kyrie.