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.
Coach Brad Stevens confirmed Irving is slated to receive a second opinion on his knee at some point later this week, which will keep the superstar guard from traveling with the team on their upcoming four-game road trip. Irving had already been ruled out for Tuesday's contest against the Thunder, which means Irving is slated to miss the next five games while resting his knee. According to Scott Souza of GateHouse Media, coach Stevens did acknowledge that Irving could rejoin the team at some point during the road trip, though that will likely depend on the results of his reevaluation, as well as the level of discomfort in his knee. That means Terry Rozier is going to continue to shoulder the load at point guard for the foreseeable future, with Shane Larkin also seeing an expanded role off the bench. Look for another update to be provided on Irving once he's officially been reevaluated.
Irving, who is out for Tuesday's contest against the Thunder, is expected to seek a second opinion on his knee soreness, possibly as soon as Wednesday, Tony Massarotti of 98.5 The Sports Hub reports.
Irving is set to miss a fourth straight contest Tuesday as he continues to deal with knee soreness, seemingly stemming from surgery he had prior to the 2015-16 campaign to address a fractured kneecap. At this point, Irving's two options seem to be to play through the apparently significant pain or get surgery -- the latter ending his season. More information should arrive following his second opinion. While he remains out, Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin should continue seeing extended run at point guard.
Irving (knee) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Thunder.
Irving is set to miss a fourth straight game to rest his sore left knee and it's slightly concerning that he's being ruled out a day in advance. That said, the Celtics aren't going to rush him back and risk putting additional strain on the injury, so Irving will likely be brought along slowly. His next opportunity to take the court will come on Friday against Portland, but tentatively consider him questionable for that contest. With both Marcus Smart (thumb) and Jaylen Brown (concussion) also being ruled out again, Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin should see big minutes in the backcourt.
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