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Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving having knee procedure Saturday

Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving having knee procedure Saturday

Now, the Boston's leading scorer, Kyrie Irving will miss time after a minor surgical procedure on his ailing knee, the team announced Friday.

A timetable for his return to the floor will be give after the procedure takes place. Will he be sidelined another week, two weeks, a month, the season?

He has not played since March 11, when he logged just 16 minutes before leaving the game, a loss to the Indiana Pacers.

Boston is lacking the firepower without their leading scorer, but will have to find ways to keep locked onto that second seed to have the best chances at surviving the first round of the playoffs if Irving is still out by then.

"I don't know yet", Stevens said. Allen and Bird can remain on the active roster for the final 11 games of the season, but cannot play in the playoffs due to CBA rules.

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In January, cleveland.com reported that Irving threatened the Cavs with the possibility of sitting out this season and having knee surgery last summer as they were considering whether to honor his request for a trade, citing several sources with knowledge of the discussions. Daniel Theis has had season-ending surgery on a meniscus tear and Jaylen Brown is still working his way back through the NBA's concussion protocol after a horrific fall on a dunk attempt. But the lingering effects of that injury have led Irving to develop patellar tendinitis, which has flared up at different points over the years.

He played one season at Duke before making the jump to the National Basketball Association.

UP NEXT: The Celtics (47-23) will start a four-game West Coast trip on Friday night against Damian Lillard and the smoking-hot Trail Blazers (44-27).

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has previously noted that the team was aware it would have to manage Irving's workload when the Celtics acquired him this past summer and said that Irving may need a follow-up surgery in a future offseason to alleviate the soreness flare-ups.


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