When the Celtics acquired Irving from the Cavaliers last August, they knew he had dealt with lingering pain related to his 2015 procedure, and that he might eventually need a follow-up maintenance procedure. League sources said the team had laid out a plan to limit the wear and tear on Irving’s knee this year.
About four days after the March surgery, pathology reports showed bacteria on the tension wire, indicating the presence of an infection that likely would require the removal of the screws. Sources said the team aggressively sought other options and consulted with numerous orthopedic surgeons, particularly because Irving reported that his knee was feeling much better and that he was eager to return during this postseason, most likely in the conference semifinals. In the end, though, it was determined that another surgery was the only real choice.
"We’re not giving up on this,” the Celtics’ president of basketball operations told the Herald. “Absolutely not. We’ve competed with the best teams in the league with all the injuries we’ve had to Marcus [Smart] and Kyrie and Gordon Hayward and Daniel Theis. We beat a hungry Oklahoma City team. We beat Portland on their home court. We beat Utah, who’s one of the hottest teams in the league fighting for their lives, on their home court. We beat Toronto last Saturday.”
Danny Ainge: “I’m excited about the playoffs. I really am. Like, Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin, this is their opportunity. And Jaylen [Brown] and Jayson [Tatum] and Marcus Morris and [Al] Horford and [Aron] Baynes and Greg Monroe, I mean, the whole group. These guys are looking forward to playing in the playoffs. And we have the luxury to give them a little bit of rest without taking them completely out of rhythm in these last four games, which is very rare to be able to do heading into the playoffs.”
“Of course, we were hopeful that the first procedure would work and that Kyrie could play at some point in the playoffs,” said Ainge. “And then unfortunately we won’t have him now. He’s a huge part of our team and a huge part of our future. The good news is we feel like he’ll be better than ever come training camp.”
Michael Pina: Since Kyrie's last game, Boston is shooting 41% from deep. That is very good. They also rank 24th in offensive rating.
The Celtics will have to regroup with the playoffs poised to start a few days after the April 11 regular-season finale. “I look forward to hearing how loud in gets in the TD Garden during the playoffs and experiencing how intense the environment gets,” Irving said.
Kyrie Irving: The hardest thing to do sometimes is accept the uncontrollable things life throws at you. You try consistently to learn, grow, and prepare everyday to equip your mind, body, and spirit with tools to deal with some of those things, but I feel when those moments arise they all give you a sense of unfulfillment, simply because it puts some of your professional journey and goals on a brief hold.
Kyrie Irving: It's simply a test of your perseverance and Will, to be present, even in the wake of what's going on. In this case, finding out I have an infection in my knee is definitely a moment that I now accept and move past without holding on to the all the what ifs, proving the nay-Sayers completely f***ing wrong, and accomplishing the goals I've set out for the team and myself. This season was only a snapshot of what's to come from me. Trust Me. "The journey back to the top of Mt. Everest continues." #StandingRockSiouxTribe
This Saturday, Celtics guard Kyrie Irving will undergo a procedure to remove two screws implanted in his left patella after the patellar fracture he suffered during the NBA Finals in 2015. Following a mid-March procedure to remove a tension wire that had been implanted at the same time as the screws, pathology indicated the presence of a bacterial infection at the site of the hardware. To ensure that no infection remains in the knee, the screws will be removed. The fracture in Irving’s patella has completely healed, and his knee remains structurally sound. He is expected to make a full recovery in 4-5 months.
Gary Washburn: #Celtics say Kyrie Irving will undergo a second knee surgery to remove two screws and miss 4-5 months. Doctors discovered a bacterial infection caused by screws in first surgery. A five-month window means he should be ready for training camp.
In the aftermath of left knee surgery, All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics will miss the rest of the regular season and playoffs, league sources told ESPN. The Celtics are expected to make an announcement soon, sources said.
The Celtics and Irving are evaluating further medical options to treat his left knee, sources said. The loss of Irving is a devastating blow for Boston's hopes of competing for the Eastern Conference championship.
Marc D'Amico: Tonight’s crew + Rozier and Larkin “will be our team when the Playoffs start,” says Brad Stevens. Basically eliminated any chance of Kyrie being back for the start of the postseason.
Chris Forsberg: Brad Stevens on Kyrie Irving: “I saw him yesterday, spent a lot of time with him. Spirits were good. Bending, extending his knee on a training table. No on-court videos. No 360 dunks."
Adam Himmelsbach: Stevens said he's texted more with Kyrie: "He wants to be here; he wants to play. Nothing new from that standpoint, but his spirits seem good."
Adam Himmelsbach: Stevens on Kyrie: "I’ve texted with him. Left him a message this morning & haven’t heard back. But the timeline will be determined on how he feels & how quickly he can get back on the court & everything else. There’s still a process after that too to be ready to play in a game."
Mark Murphy: Stevens not taking it for granted that either Irving or Smart will be back: "There’s a big difference between (basketball activity) and playing, so we don’t know when we’re going to have those guys back."
Bobby Marks: The timetable (3-6 weeks) for return on the Kyrie Irving injury now allows the Celtics to sign a 16th player to a 10-Day Contract. Boston has met the criteria by having four players (Irving, Gordon Hayward, Daniel Theis and Marcus Smart) miss three consecutive games to injury and each player unable to perform playing services due to injury or illness for a minimum of two weeks.
While removal of the wire should relieve irritation it was causing in Irving’s patellar tendon, the fractured patella has fully healed and Irving’s knee has been found to be completely structurally sound. Irving is expected to return to basketball activities in 3-6 weeks.
Tim Bontemps: The playoffs start three weeks from today. It would seem more likely than not he won't be available in the first round. twitter.com/ESPNForsberg/s…
In your opinion do you think [Kyrie Irving] will be back for playoffs? A. Sherrod Blakely: I think he’ll be back fairly close to the start of the first round. Should have a better sense of his return timetable after he has his procedure tomorrow.
The Boston Celtics announced today that guard Kyrie Irving will tomorrow undergo a minimally invasive procedure to alleviate irritation in his left knee. Further information will be provided following tomorrow’s procedure, and the team will have no further comment until that time.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Timetable on a return will come after procedure on Saturday, bur source says that expectation is that this will help alleviate the soreness in knee. twitter.com/espnforsberg/s…
Mark Murphy: At least they're in the building. Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown both in street clothes on bench tonight.
Jared Weiss: Stevens asked about potential for Irving surgery: “I have not talked to him and I don’t want to speak for others.”
With the lack of progress on his ailing left knee, Boston Celtics All-Star guard Kyrie Irving will get a second opinion on the injury later this week, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Irving, 25, has missed the past three games for the Celtics to rest the knee. There had been hope last week that Irving would return Sunday against New Orleans, but he remained out. Because of the lack of comfort in Irving’s knee, there is no set date for his return, league sources said.
Jared Weiss: Brad Stevens on Kyrie Irving knee second opinion: He probably is not going to be on the trip. That knee has been sore, but he’s worked hard to mange it. He’s getting a second opinion which is why he’s not going on the trip. That’s smart of him.
Marc D'Amico: Brad Stevens on Kyrie Irving (out - knee soreness): “I think he’s feeling better and better. He just doesn’t feel 100%. Until then, he’ll remain out.”
Adam Kaufman: Danny Ainge told @985TheSportsHub his knee injury history was considered at time #Celtics traded for him, but long-term prognostication is good. Expected maintenance issues. May need surgery at some point in next few offseasons. Being extra cautious right now.
Brian Robb: Kyrie Irving is unlikely to play Friday but will travel with team Friday. His knee imaging came back looking good, according to Stevens.
Irving is likely to miss several games, but Ainge said he thinks that Irving is “going to be fine” moving forward this season. “Kyrie’s knee has bothered him, and we’re being very careful,” Ainge said. “What we don’t want to do is rush Kyrie back simply because we don’t have Marcus and Jaylen. We’ll do what’s best for Kyrie in spite of what’s happening to everybody else.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: There's confidence that Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving's left knee soreness is no more than tendonitis and that he will not need to miss significant time, league sources tell ESPN. Irving is considered day-to-day.
Irving, who missed a game last week after knee soreness initially flared, did not return for the second half of Sunday's game. Boston, already playing without All-Star big man Al Horford (illness) and Jaylen Brown (concussion), watched a 12-point lead evaporate as Indiana rallied for the win. "I think [rest] will probably be the best thing, just instead of kind of hoping it gets better over the two or three days that it usually does," Irving said. "It's aching a little bit more than I wanted it to now, so I'm taking the necessary time."
Chris Forsberg: Celtics say Kyrie Irving has left knee soreness and will not return. Irving played 16 first-half minutes but did not come out for the start of the second half.
A. Sherrod Blakely: Barring an unexpected hiccup between now and tip-off, #Celtics Kyrie Irving will play tonight vs the #Timberwolves.
Jay King: Danny Ainge on Kyrie Irving's knee: "I think that it's something that he'll have to manage the rest of his career. I don't think it's anything serious, but we want Kyrie healthy and fresh."
Boston Celtics All-Star guard Kyrie Irving is sitting out Monday night's game against the Chicago Bulls because of a sore left knee. Coach Brad Stevens says Irving aggravated the knee during Saturday's loss to Houston. He felt a little better the following day but was still sore on Monday.
Adam Himmelsbach: Kyrie: "I just want to make sure I’m as healthy as possible. At this point in the season it’s just about the big picture. I’m just trying to stay smart and kind of get out of my own way, and when it feels good, just get back out there."
Adam Himmelsbach: Kyrie: "Just been about two years coming off knee surgery, so when you have to do things like that and stay on top of it and make sure you’re doing the right thing, sometimes it may be a little extra, just from the demand you put on your body."
Steve Bulpett: Shane Larkin will start in Kyrie Irving's place v Bulls. Stevens doesn't want to mess with second team's recent proficiency.
A. Sherrod Blakely: Both #Celtics Marcus Morris and Kyrie Irving are expected to play tonight vs the Toronto Raptors.
A. Sherrod Blakely: The #Celtics Kyrie Irving (right quadriceps bruise) and Marcus Morris (sore left hip/butt) are both questionable for Tuesday night game vs #Raptors.
Bill Doyle: Of the injured Celtics, Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris are the most likely to play Sunday against Portland, according to Brad Stevens. Marcus Smart and Shane Larkin aren't as close to returning.
According to multiple sources, Kyrie Irving threatened to sit out the season and have surgery on his knee, convincing Gilbert and Cleveland's front office that the relationship with Irving was not salvageable. Irving's agent, Jeff Wechsler, declined to discuss what was said to the Cavs with cleveland.com, and Dan Gilbert did not personally respond to a request seeking comment.
According to sources, Kyrie Irving needs minor knee surgery as a follow to the procedure he underwent during the 2015 Finals to repair his broken knee cap. It's not pressing -- Irving is averaging 24.5 points and shooting a career-high .477 from the field -- but the procedure would ease some of the swelling and day-to-day pain he feels. Such a procedure is typically done in the offseason; but he threatened to not come to training camp (first reported by ESPN) and then have the procedure during the season, leaving the Cavs without a point guard. The Cavs chose to move Irving rather than call his bluff, which upset LeBron James, sources said.
Scott Souza: #Celtics Kyrie Irving: Structurally everything is good in my shoulder. I am going to do what is best, take a few days to strengthen it up even more, and hopefully go on Sunday.
Chris Forsberg: Celtics say Al Horford will sit out Wednesday vs Nuggets for rest. Kyrie Irving (quad) is probable. Marcus Morris (knee) is out again.
On one brutal Friday night in November, all of Australia smacked Kyrie right in the face. The Melbourne native caught an errant elbow from Far East Queensland native Aron Baynes and suffered a small fracture in his face below his right eye. But the blows didn’t stop on the floor, as he was given an unfortunate welcome home from his young daughter. “My daughter hit me in my face the other day and, that right there, I almost teared up,” Irving said. “I did my absolute best not to cry in front of her. I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, baby.’ She hit me right on that spot. Like, literally right after. I came home and I was trying to put her to bed and she hit me right on that spot by mistake.”
The Boston Celtics are planning for point guard Kyrie Irving to play Tuesday against the Brooklyn Nets after missing their last game with a facial fracture. Irving participated in the Celtics' shootaround Tuesday morning and told reporters that he plans to wear a mask for Boston's game in Brooklyn.
Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving will likely miss Sunday’s game against the Toronto Raptors because of a facial fracture but plans to get fitted for a mask and play through the injury, league sources told The Vertical. Irving suffered the minor facial fracture in the first minute of Friday’s win over the Charlotte Hornets when he was inadvertently hit in the face by teammate Aron Baynes. Irving is expected to have to wear the protective mask for two weeks, sources said.
Chris Forsberg: Celtics say Kyrie Irving suffered a minor facial fracture vs Charlotte. He is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game vs Raptors.
Irving was attended to by Celtics trainer Art Horne and left the court clutching a towel over his bloodied face. The Celtics later ruled Irving out for the remainder of the game.
Marla Ridenour: #Cavs Lue said he was told Shumpert & Irving not serious. Called both fine. Shump day to day. "Ended up being pretty lucky considering.."
Sources said the team likely would not sign one of the free agents (Jordan Farmar, Mario Chalmers, Kirk Hinrich) who tried out last week to a 10-day contract in response to Irving's injury, essentially because Irving isn't really hurt.
The Cavs' PR staff called Irving's injury "right quad soreness," while coach Tyronn Lue said it was a "thigh contusion" that kept Irving out of Cleveland's 111-104 win over the Knicks. At any rate, Irving told cleveland.com "I'm fine" and "I'm playing Monday" against the Washington Wizards.
Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving will miss his second straight game with a right hamstring injury, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said during his pregame media session Monday before Cleveland hosted the New Orleans Pelicans. "Hamstring tightness," Lue said.
When a reporter asked if Irving's status has improved since he originally hurt the hamstring Thursday after colliding with LeBron James during a game against the Boston Celtics, Lue reiterated, "Just hamstring tightness." Lue said he did not know yet whether Irving would be available for Wednesday's game against the Chicago Bulls.
May 19, 2022 | 12:59 am EDT Update
Jones told Burns & Gambo on Wednesday that he believes Deandre Ayton will be back with the Suns next season. “Deandre had an amazing season and he’s progressed every year and improved every year,” the GM said. “He’s been here and so he’s a big part of what we do. His future with us is something we will address at the proper time which is in the future. He’s a free agent and I’ve said all along, he’s about the same things we’re about which is winning. We’ll address it at the proper time.”
On possible supermax deal for Devin Booker and rookie extension for Cam Johnson. If Booker makes All-NBA this year, he’ll be eligible for a four-year deal worth $211 million while Johnson is up for a rookie extension heading into his fourth NBA season: James Jones: “That’s a part of the business. As your team improves, typically your payroll increases. We’re focused on improving the team and those guys, they deserve the credit. They deserve the accolades and the financial rewards that come with being good players and productive players. It doesn’t preclude us from doing anything. We’re not talking about a luxury tax issues or avoiding those things. That’s not something that’s going to prevent us from continuing to build this team and keep this team together.”
“Had a great year, just one of those nights,” said O’Neal as Ayton finished in Sunday’s Game 7 against Dallas with a career playoff-low five points on 2-of-5 shooting. “Phoenix had a great year, just one of those nights. This is a classy organization. This is a classy team. Can’t say bad things about them. They played hard. Again, even great players have one of those nights.” O’Neal, and fellow TNT NBA analysts Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley discussed Ayton’s future with the Suns after the top overall seed was eliminated by the Dallas Mavericks in Sunday’s Game 7 in Phoenix. “You’ve got to re-sign Ayton,” Barkley said.
“(McGee) played well, he was a great addition to the team, but it all hinges on Deandre Ayton,” Barkley said. “It’s him and Booker. They are the guys going forward. Chris is going to be 38 (years old). He’s going to get the ball to the right person, but it’s time for Booker and Ayton. You can’t have a bad game like they did. Chris, he had a tough night, but Ayton and Booker, they’ve got to play well.”
Once Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson slowed down, caught their breath and stopped rushing shots, the Splash Brothers got on a roll that proved too much for Dallas to stop. Especially because Andrew Wiggins worked end to end to make sure Luka Doncic couldn’t get going. Curry had 21 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, Golden State held Doncic in check and the Warriors beat the Mavericks 112-87 on Wednesday night for a 1-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. “Just make him work, that was the main thing,” Wiggins said.
Doncic scored 20 points but shot just 6 for 18 and 3 of 10 from deep. He made back-to-back 3-pointers late in the first half to get his team within 54-45 at the break, but Curry and Thompson heated up and helped the Warriors pull away in the second half. “A great job. That’s it,” Doncic said. “They did a great job.” Jalen Brunson scored 14 points but missed all five of his 3s for the surprising Mavs, who stunned the top-seeded Suns in a 123-90 thumping in Game 7 on Sunday in Phoenix.
“They did a really good job. Wiggins picking him up full court,” Mavs coach Jason Kidd said. “They went box-and-one, they went zone. We understood coming into the series that we were going to see that. We’ll go back and look at the video and see what we can do better.” Stopping Doncic, who was averaging 31.5 points in the playoffs, is the tall task this time after the Warriors already handled two-time reigning MVP Nikola Jokic of Denver in the first round, then Ja Morant early last series before his knee injury. “I thought Wiggs was fantastic,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Doncic is as difficult a cover as there is in this league. … It’s important to make him work. He’s so good. Any great player in the league you’re trying to limit the damage that they do.”