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Kyrie Irving reportedly will not play in playoffs

Kyrie Irving reportedly will not play in playoffs

According to the Celtics, a mid-March procedure found an infection in Irving's left knee that necessitated Saturday's upcoming operation.

The Celtics announced on Thursday (Friday NZ time) the five-time NBA All Star will undergo a procedure this weekend to remove two screws implanted in his left patella.

Irving, who suffered a patella fracture in the 2015 NBA Finals, had a procedure to remove a tension wire in his knee late last month after experiencing increasing discomfort.

The Celtics could face the Miami Heat (No. 6), the Washington Wizards (No. 7) or the Milwaukee Bucks (No. 8) in the first round of the playoffs. Now they will have to go through the playoffs without Kyrie Irving.

The Celtics are expected to make an announcement soon, sources said.

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Even if the Celtics still have plenty of talent to work with come playoff time, Irving has proven to be one of those players who is irreplaceable throughout his career, and there's no doubt this could shake up the outcome of the playoffs. And Gordon Hayward is not expected back as he recovers from his gruesome ankle injury in the season opener.

The team had said the knee was structurally sound and the kneecap healed, but the wire had been putting pressure on the knee. Trust Me. "The journey back to the top of Mt. Everest continues".

The Celtics have relied on third-year point guard Terry Rozier since Irving was sidelined.

The rest of the Celtics are the No. 2 seed in the East, with the regular-season dynamo that is the Raptors atop the conference.

As the Miami Heat (sixth spot) and Milwaukee Bucks (eighth spot) are only separated by half a game, the Celtics are now scheduled to face the Washington Wizards.

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