Storyline: Kyrie Irving Injury

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Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving said he wasn’t concerned after tweaking his right shoulder late in Boston’s 128-100 victory over the New York Knicks. Irving left Thursday night’s game with 3:34 left in the fourth quarter and the outcome already decided after getting tangled up. He had ice put on the shoulder while he watched from the bench, and did his television walk-off interview with it still on, but had nothing on the shoulder in the locker room, and said he’d be fine.

Danny Ainge confirmed earlier this month that Kyrie Irving had been cleared for 5-on-5 action, but Tuesday marked the first day that we got a glimpse of the All-Star point guard in action. In an Instagram video posted by basketball skills trainer Irv Roland, Irving can be seen hooping it up with Durant, Harden, Olynyk, T. Johnson and other NBA players ahead of training camp in a couple of weeks. The video only shows a few clips but we get a glimpse of trademark Irving in a few of them with a crafty up-and-under, along with midrange finish after getting fouled. This is obviously promising to see just a few months removed from his infection and multiple surgeries on his knee.

Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving and small forward Gordon Hayward “look impressive” in the pickup games they have played at the practice facility in advance of training camp, a league source told Amico Hoops on Friday. Irving underwent season-ending knee surgery in April, while Hayward suffered a fractured left ankle in the Celtics’ season-opening loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 17, 2017. Both players have been taking part in full speed training for almost a month. Hayward is expected to be cleared for five-on-five play next week, sources said.
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Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told ESPN on Monday that both Irving (knee) and Hayward (ankle) appear at full health and are ready for the new season. “I don’t want to hype it up too much, but I’m saying that, if our training camp were starting today, that they would be here today going full speed,” Ainge said. “It’s not like they need an extra month. I think that they know they have an extra month so they are sort of pacing themselves. They’re playing as if to build up to that opening day of training camp [on Sept. 26].”
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Irving said Thursday that the infection discovered on the metal wiring and screws in his knee could have evolved into a staph infection, but that it was caught and treated early enough to prevent that. To treat the infection, Irving said he had a catheter inserted into a vein going into his heart. “I mean, you ask anybody with an infection, they will probably try to downplay it,” Irving said when asked how scary the infection was. “It’s a personal thing because your body is going through it. I was fighting an infection in a specific place in your body where you can’t necessarily reach with your hands. You got to go in there and kind of see what’s going on, and what happened for me was, the metal wiring and the screws that I had in there, the infection was on that, so I had to remove that and then be on antibiotics for about two months. It could have evolved to staph, but good thing we caught it early. I am glad that is done. That was a long, long f—ing two months.”

Irving’s two surgeries — first to have a wire removed from his knee dating back to patellar surgery in 2015, and then to have the screws removed when traces of bacteria were discovered on the wire — also appear close to resolution. Or so Stevens hopes. Asked about the “dangerous” situation Irving described during the Simmons podcast, Stevens said, “Any time you’re talking about infection in bone, that’s real. We were kept very in tune by all of the doctors, and once the decision was made by Kyrie and the doctors, it made a lot of sense to remove the screws. Nobody wants to hear the word infection. Right away, that had to be taken care of, no doubt.

“When we started the season, we were well-aware of the surgery, the hardware in his knee, and we knew we were going to have to manage that appropriately from a practice standpoint — two days on, one day off,” he said. “We had to manage it in games — all of that as the season started. He was doing that really well, and then that wire started irritating him. “When they removed the screws to make sure he was good from an infection standpoint, he had to take antibiotics and all those things, it was tough. Really tough,” he said. “We were on the west coast trip when he made that call. The threat of infection in that area is real, and the screws had to be removed immediately. He was really down — really down.”

Kyrie Irving: [Sitting out the playoffs and watching Boston make a run] sucked, man. It sucked. I can’t even sugarcoat it, it was tough. Not from watching the guys, but of what I was dealing with outside of that. I was leaving the games at halftime because I had eight-hour shifts of antibiotics I had to take for my infection. I had a PICC (Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter) in my arm for two months and I’m just like, every day is like, I can’t lift, I can’t run, I can’t do anything. If I didn’t have my PICC line in for my infection, I would have definitely gone after trying to be ready for at least the Eastern Conference Finals. ” Bill Simmons: “Really?” Irving: “Yeah, for sure.”

It must have been very difficult watching from the sidelines as the Celtics advanced in the playoffs. How is your knee rehab going? Kyrie Irving: I’m taking it one day at a time. You know it’s just a process, getting back into the swing of things. It’s a different off-season for me. It’s a lot more time focusing on my body and getting mentally prepared for next season. I’m just super proud of the guys and what they accomplished. They really stuck together throughout everything. Obviously Game 7 didn’t necessarily go the way we all planned, but I mean those guys, they gave it all throughout the whole playoff run.

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.”

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.

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.
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