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.
Irving (knee) has been ruled out for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
After originally being given a timetable for 3-to-6 weeks after undergoing surgery on his left knee in late March, the road to recovery has turned out to be a lot longer for the All-Star point guard, who will officially not return this season. This is crushing news for the Celtics and is the cherry on top of a season that has been plagued by awful injury luck. Fortunately for the Celtics, while they are down yet another star heading into the postseason, third-year point guard Terry Rozier has been sensational in the absence of Irving, averaging 17.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists while shooting 41.8 percent from behind the arc in the month of March. The backcourt is now officially his to lead with Shane Larkin filling in off the bench, but coach Brad Stevens will likely lean on Rozier to shoulder majority of the load at point guard.
Irving underwent surgery on his left knee Saturday and is expected to return to basketball activities in 3-to-6 weeks.
While the procedure is described as "minimally invasive," it will still entail a weeks-long recovery process that will likely keep Irving out into the postseason. The best-case scenario is that Irving would be able to return sometime during Round 1, though the Celtics certainly won't rush him back before he's ready. For the time being, Terry Rozier looks to be locked into the starting point guard job, and both he and Shane Larkins should continue to see increased minutes so long as Irving and Marcus Smart (hand) are sidelined.
Irving will undergo a procedure on his left knee over the weekend, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.
The procedure is said to be "minimally invasive," and the Celtics will release a timetable after the surgery is completed. Regardless, this isn't exactly an encouraging development for Irving, who's already missed a handful of games with soreness and swelling in the knee. At this point, it seems fair to rule Irving out for the remainder of the regular season, and it's unclear if the team would clear him to return at some point in the postseason. The Celtics currently sit in second place in the East and are likely to finish in that slot, holding a six-game lead over Cleveland entering Friday night.
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