The latest gut-punch to the injury-ravaged Green Team came Thursday when the Celtics announced Irving will miss the rest the season, including the playoffs, as he recovers in the aftermath of left knee surgery.
In the Woj report, Irving will undergo another surgery to remove two screws that were in his patella from the injury Irving suffered in Game 1 of the 2015 NBA Finals. Irving should be ready for training camp heading into the 2018-19 campaign if everything progresses as expected over the summer, but look for additional updates to be provided as he reaches milestones in his recovery. At this point, just having Irving ready for some of the offseason and the preseason seems like it will be the bigger priority, and it also eases any pressure on Hayward to make a miraculous return for the playoffs, though that was never likely.
"This season was only a snapshot of what's to come from me", Irving wrote on Instagram. The C's aren't getting by the Toronto Raptors or LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers in a seven-game series without Irving's transcendent talent. It's simply a test of your perseverance and Will, to be present, even in the wake of what's going on.
On March 24, the 2016 National Basketball Association champion underwent what the Celtics described as a "minimally invasive procedure" to remove a tension wire that was inserted in his left knee three years ago, indicating he would be back within three to six weeks. To ensure that no infection remains in the knee, the screws will be removed.
Jordan Crawford, Evan Turner, Jeff Green, Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder all elevated their games under Stevens, with Thomas the only one to take it to a higher level. Everyone remembers the shot he drilled to win a title with Cleveland in 2016.
Who knows what this team, which has won 53 games and boasts the league's best defence despite dealing with injury after injury, could have done at full strength. And when you do, please give it a five-star rating and review.
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Footage seen on social media does not show the moment Holmes was gunned down but does show him slumped over and covered in blood. In the video, Holmes, Damper and another man are sitting in a vehicle as they broadcasted live to Facebook .
The Heat have the lowest probability of facing the Celtics in the first round, but they probably wouldn't mind taking on the presumptive No. 2 seed.
In addition to Irving, Marcus Smart is sidelined following right thumb surgery and Daniel Theis is out for the season after left knee surgery.
One of the teams at the top of the conference is the Boston Celtics.
He not only hit a game-winner, a 3-pointer, near the buzzer to complete the sweep of Oklahoma City (100-99), but he followed that up with 30, 20 and 25 points consecutively during a six-game win streak.
The question is whether a by-committee approach will be enough against potential first-round opponents, which could be Miami, Washington or Milwaukee.