Knee injury ends Celtics guard Kyrie Irving's season

Irving reveals he has infection in his knee following surgery

Daryl Ruiter
April 05, 2018 - 1:17 pm
Celtics guard Kyrie Irving

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Cleveland (92.3 The Fan) –  Boston Celtic guard Kyrie Irving will miss the remainder of the regular season and playoffs according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Irving had surgery on his left knee on March 24 to remove a tension wire that was placed in the knee after he fractured his kneecap during Game 2 of the 2015 NBA Finals.

In an Instagram post published Thursday afternoon, Irving confirmed that he has an infection in his knee.

"The hardest thing to do sometimes is accept the uncontrollable things life throws at you," Irving wrote. "You try consistently to learn, grow, and prepare everyday to equip your mind, body, and spirit with tools to deal with some of those things, but I feel when those moments arise they all give you a sense of unfulfillment, simply because it puts some of your professional journey and goals on a brief hold. 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." 

The Cavs traded Irving last August to Boston following a request from the All-Star for point guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and Brooklyn's 2018 unprotected first-round pick.

So far the blockbuster trade appears to be a wash for both franchises. 

Cleveland subsequently dealt Thomas along with center Channing Frye and their 2018 first-round pick to the Lakers for center Larry Nance Jr. and guard Jordan Clarkson right before the trade deadline. Crowder was sent to Utah as part of a three-team trade that included guard Derrick Rose and netted the Cavs Rodney Hood and George Hill.

The five-time All-Star averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds in his first season with the Celtics, who are currently second in the Eastern Conference, 3 games behind Toronto and 5 games ahead of the Cavs.