The troubles of Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving continue, as it’s being reported that his ailing left knee continues to flare up and that he is going in for a second opinion.
Tony Massarotti of 98.5 The Sports Hub was first on this report, noting Irving could end up needing to have the screws removed from his surgically repaired knee and opt not to play at all the rest of the season.
My understanding is that Kyrie Irving is getting a 2nd opinion on his left knee, perhaps as soon as tomorrow. Bottom line: he needs the screws out. Knee is flaring up. He will either play thru it going forward or … he will get thee screws out and won't play at all. Stay tuned.
— Tony Massarotti (@TonyMassarotti) March 20, 2018
A while later, Shams Charania of The Vertical confirmed this report.
With lack of progress on his ailing left knee, Celtics All-Star Kyrie Irving plans to travel for a second opinion later this week, league sources tell Yahoo.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 20, 2018
Irving hasn’t played since two Sundays ago when he aggravated the knee, which he said had been sore for a while.
In 60 games this year with the Celtics, Irving has averaged 24.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game. The Celtics are also without Marcus Smart right now, though he hopes to return for the playoffs.
Heading into Tuesday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Boston is 47-23, five games behind the Toronto Raptors for the top seed in the east.