Kyrie Irving to have a minor surgical procedure on his knee

Kyrie Irving to have a minor surgical procedure on his knee

Kyrie Irving to have a minor surgical procedure on his knee

With 11 games remaining in the regular season, the C's are 4.5 games back of the Eastern Conference leading Toronto Raptors, and six games up on the third place Cleveland Cavaliers.

The five-time all-star hasn't seen the court since March 11, against the Indiana Pacers, when he played just over 15 minutes prior to coming out of the game with left knee soreness.

Head coach Brad Stevens told reporters Tuesday the point guard wasn't planning to travel with the team during its upcoming four-game road trip in order to get a second opinion.

The term "minimally invasive" suggests there is hope Irving's recovery time could allow him to return at some point before or during the postseason. But Irving's availability will be a key factor in whether they have a chance to pull off a deep playoff run. Will he be sidelined another week, two weeks, a month, the season? The team said more information will be provided after the procedure.

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In the past two weeks, Marcus Smart suffered a torn ligament in his thumb and has undergone surgery with a recovery time listed at six-to-eight weeks, Daniel Theis has had surgery to fix a torn meniscus that Stevens said will put him out for the season, and Jaylen Brown has missed two weeks with a concussion.

The Celtics and Irving must hope this upcoming procedure alleviates the immediate pain enough for Irving to return for the playoffs and put off the more serious surgery until this offseason or beyond. The Celtics now sit in second place in the East and are likely to finish in that slot, holding a six-game lead over Cleveland entering Friday night.

Irving may have to have screws in his knee removed, which would end his season and be a very big hit to Boston's postseason chances.

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

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