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Celtics' Kyrie Irving out for National Basketball Association playoffs due to knee trouble

Celtics' Kyrie Irving out for National Basketball Association playoffs due to knee trouble

Kyrie Irving, or "the kid" as LeBron called his former teammate in September, will have a second left knee surgery in two weeks on Saturday and not play again this season, according to the Boston Celtics.

Irving on March 24 underwent surgery on his left knee to remove a tension wire that had been inserted during a 2015 procedure to fix a fractured patella, ESPN said.

The Celtics announced on Thursday (Friday NZ time) the five-time NBA All Star will undergo a procedure this weekend to remove two screws implanted in his left patella.

Irving last month underwent a minimally invasive procedure to remove a tension wire from his leg, which was placed there after he suffered a broken kneecap in the 2015 NBA Finals. But the Celtics have a good chance to be back at full strength next fall, when both Irving and Gordon Hayward return. This season was only a snapshot of what's to come from me. Irving, who was voted an All-Star starter, averaged 18.1 points, 5.1 assists, 3.8 rebounds and shot 49.1% from the field and 40.8% on three-pointers in 60 games. Trust Me. "The journey back to the top of Mt. Everest continues".

While Toronto will most likely enter the postseason with the East's top seed, the conference was still considered to be wide open prior to Irving's injury.

The loss of Irving is a devastating blow for Boston's hopes of competing for the Eastern Conference championship.

Irving was having a fantastic season for the Celtics, who acquired him in August in a blockbuster trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He's expected to miss 4-5 months. Bench forward Daniel Theis is out for the season.

The question is whether a by-committee approach will be enough against potential first-round opponents, which could be Miami, Washington or Milwaukee.