After surgery on the left knee, Boston Celtics star point guard Kysta Irving will miss the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs, the team announced.
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Irving will undergo another procedure on Saturday to remove two screws from his kneecap that were inserted in 2015 to repair a fracture he sustained in the NBA Finals that year. The team said a bacterial infection was discovered at the site of the screws when Irving performed his most recent surgery on March 24 to remove the tension cord in his knee and that the procedure on Saturday will ensure that there is no infection in the knee. knee. The wire had been placed on his knee during the same surgery in which the screws were inserted in 2015.
The Celtics said that the Irving kneecap is completely cured and "remains structurally sound." Irving is expected to recover completely in four or five months, the team said.
Irving reflected on the news in an Instagram post on Thursday and wrote: "This season was just a snapshot of what will come of me."  The hardest thing to do sometimes is to accept the uncontrollable things that life throws at you. You are constantly trying to learn, grow and prepare every day to equip your mind, body and spirit with tools to deal with some of those things, but I feel that when those moments arise, they all give you a feeling of noncompliance, simply because you put some of your Professional trips and objectives in a short wait. It is simply proof of your perseverance and willingness to be present, even in the wake of what is happening. In this case, discovering that I have an infection in the knee is definitely a moment that I now accept and move without clinging to everything that happens, proving that the non-Sayers are completely wrong and achieving the goal. objectives that I have established for the team and for me. This season was just a snapshot of what will come of me. Trust me. "The trip back to the top of Mount Everest continues." #StandingRockSiouxTribe Come on Celtics! Celtics fans, I hope to hear how hard it gets at the TD Garden during the playoffs and experience how intense the atmosphere is. Thank you all!
The loss of Irving is a devastating blow to Boston's hopes of competing for the Conference This championship. The Celtics (53-25) occupy second place in the conference. Irving, 26, who played for the last time in a game on March 11, averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds this season, his first in Boston.
Boston acquired Irving in a low season deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Celtics are still without guard Marcus Smart, who had surgery on his right thumb in March. He hopes to be able to return sometime early in the playoffs.