Irving (knee) has yet to go through full contact 5-on-5, though noted after Thursday's morning workout that he expects to be 100 percent for the start of training camp, freelance basketball reporter Jeff Goodman reports.
Coach Brad Stevens noted a similar timeline for Irving back in June, but it's encouraging to hear from the player himself on his recent progress. Irving is recovering from an April surgery to remove two screws from his left knee -- a situation that limited him to 60 games during his first campaign with Boston. The hope is that Irving can be more healthy moving forward, as the point guard has played over 70 games in only three of his seven seasons.
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.
Irving (knee) is already able to walk without crutches and his recovery is going well, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Irving underwent a second surgical procedure on his left knee at the start of April to remove a pair of screws that resulted in a bacterial infection. Roughly two weeks later, he's already on his feet and walking without crutches, which suggests his rehabilitation is off to strong start. According to coach Brad Stevens, the training staff is very encouraged regarding Irving's progress, though it's still too early to determine if the superstar guard will be back in time for training camp. He was originally given a 4-to-5 month timetable for a return, which would put a target date in August or September.
Irving will undergo a second surgical procedure on his left knee and is expected to be sidelined four-to-five months, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reports.
Irving's second surgery is to remove two screws that reportedly caused a bacterial infection in his left knee. As a result, Irving is looking at a timetable of 4-to-5 months for his recovery, which reiterates that he'll miss the Celtics' upcoming playoff run. Irving should be ready for training camp heading into the 2018-19 campaign if everything progresses as expected over the summer, but look for additional updates to be provided as he reaches milestones in his recovery. Terry Rozer will continue to work as Boston's starting point guard heading into the playoffs and he's been a nice surprise, averaging 17.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists across 34.5 minutes in 13 previous starts this season.
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