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Kyrie Irving is out for the year, and that includes the playoffs.
That’s the latest from ESPN, which has reported Irving’s left knee surgery will shelve the Boston Celtics point guard at the most meaningful time of the season.
Irving will miss 4-5 months, Yahoo Sports reported.
Irving, of course, was obtained in August from the Cleveland Cavaliers after requesting a trade several weeks earlier. Interestingly, the Cavs traded away two of the players they received in return — Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder — in February.
So aside from sparingly used Cavs center Ante Zizic, no one from the blockbuster deal will play for the team that acquired them in the postseason.
The Celtics (53-25) sit four games back of the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors with four games to play. They are also minus offseason free-agent signeee Gordon Hayward, who missed all but half of the first game with a leg/foot injury suffered in the opener against the Cavs.
Irving has a well-chronicled injury history, all of which previously took place with the Cavs (and Duke University). He missed all but one game of the 2015 Finals with the same injured left knee.
He has appeared in 60 games with the Celtics this season, compiling averages of 24.4 points and 5.1 assists.