Celtics’ Irving to resume basketball activities in 3-6 weeks

Kyrie Irving played in 60 games in his first season with the Celtics, but missed the playoffs with a knee injury.

Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving underwent a minimally-invasive procedure Saturday to remove a tension wire in his left knee, the team announced.

The wire was originally placed as part of the surgical repair of a fractured patella Irving sustained with the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 1 of the 2015 NBA Finals.

Irving is expected to return to basketball activities in three-to-six weeks.

The NBA playoffs begin Saturday, April 14, which means Irving could possibly return somewhere between April 14-May 5.

The Celtics currently sit in the second slot in the Eastern Conference playoff standings.

In his first season with Boston, Irving has averaged 24.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 60 games.