Irving (knee) was a full participant in the Celtics' first practice Tuesday, Scott Souza of GateHouse Media reports. Irving has been deemed fully healthy for roughly a month now, so this was the expectation all along. The superstar point guard didn't take long to make an impact and according to A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston, he knocked down a game-winning shot with 2.4 seconds left in the team's scrimmage. That's certainly encouraging and the Celtics already reported that Irving won't have restrictions to start the regular season. Gordon Hayward also was a full participant and said he was playing in the preseason opener this Friday, so we should see the two on the court together live for the first time in 2018.
Irving (knee) isn't expected to have any restrictions when the regular season opens Oct. 16 against the 76ers, David Aldridge of TNT reports. Irving has been deemed fully healthy for three weeks now and with another month to go before the opener, he should have plenty of time to get comfortable with his knee and back into game shape. While the Celtics have excellent depth in the backcourt with both Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier, Irving is still headed for a 30-plus minute role, so he should come off the board in the first two or three rounds of most fantasy drafts. The injury concerns are still there after missing at least 19 games in each of the last three years and he's also going to have to adjust to playing with Gordon Hayward, but he's still an All-Star candidate and will do the bulk of the play-making in Boston.
Irving is fully healthy after spending much of the summer rehabbing the knee injury that sidelined him for the final month of the 2017-18 regular season and playoffs, Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com reports. Irving underwent surgery in April to remove a pair of screws from his left knee, and the All-Star was ultimately shut down for good after the procedure while battling an infection. The point guard has been working his way back to full strength over the past several months, and Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge indicated that both Irving and Gordon Hayward, who missed all but five minutes of last season with an ankle and lower-leg injury, are at 100 percent with training camp less than a month away.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Monday that he expects Irving (knee) to be "pretty close to full tilt by the end of July, August first-ish," Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reports. The Celtics initially handed Irving a 4-to-5-month recovery timeline after he underwent a second surgery in April to remove two screws in his left knee. Stevens' comments suggest that Irving is on track to beat the projected timetable or hit the low end of it, at the very least. Prior to being shut down following the procedure, Irving noticed only a slight decline in his overall numbers during his first season in Boston compared to his final campaign with Cleveland in 2016-17. The point guard still averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.8 three-pointers in 32.2 minutes per game over 60 contests, but he could notice another dip in his producion during the upcoming campaign. In addition to his sketchy track record on the health front, Irving could cede some of the scoring burden to Gordon Hayward (ankle), who was limited to one game in his first season with Boston, and perhaps another star player. The Celtics have a deep trove of high draft picks and young assets through which to engineer a deal for one of the top talents on the open market this summer.
Irving (knee) underwent a nasal septum deviation surgery Sunday, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports. The nasal surgery isn't expected to hinder Irving's offseason -- unlike his ongoing left knee issues -- but it answers the question of why he wasn't in attendance for Sunday's Game 7 loss to the Cavaliers. It's still unclear if the oft-injured All-Star's knee will be given the OK by doctors in time for training camp.
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