UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving will undergo surgery to remove two screws from his left knee.
On April 5, the team announced Irving’s recovery will likely take 4-5 months.
That means he’ll not only miss the rest of the regular season, but the entirety of the the playoffs too.
Irving averaged over 24 points per game this season, but his nagging knee has has kept him on the bench for nearly a month.
And doctors recently discovered a bacterial infection where screws were implanted during 2015 surgery to repair a broken kneecap.
Irving wrote on Instagram, “This season was only a snapshot of what’s to come for me.”
Celtics fans are still hoping for a deep run in the playoffs though.
Boston’s virtually locked in to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, but its odds of advancing to the NBA Finals just got much longer.