Boston Celtics Kyrie Irving out for remainder of season and entire playoffs

Kyrie Irving will not return in time to play in this year's playoffs

Kyrie Irving will not return in time to play in this year's playoffs

In addition to Irving, Marcus Smart is sidelined following right thumb surgery and Daniel Theis is out for the season after left knee surgery.

According to the team statement, a bacterial infection recently developed around the screws.

The report cites anonymous league sources.

With Irving out, the Celtics' chances of competing in the East are severely diminished - and the conference playoffs could be wide open. Without any knowledge of the situation, it's worth wondering whether the Celtics are hoping to remove the screws in his knee. In addition, there was said to be some infection discovered in that area that will need to be cleaned out.

The All-Star is expected to make a full recovery in four to five months.

Boston's team nERD rating, which indicates expected winning percentage, of 59.5 ranked them fifth in the National Basketball Association.

"I look forward to hearing how loud in gets in the TD Garden during the playoffs and experiencing how intense the environment gets", Irving said. The Celtics will still probably finish with the No. 2 seed, but without Irving, they're not necessarily better than the Heat, Bucks or Wizards - potential first-round foes. The Toronto Raptors are poised to be the top-seeded team behind DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. However, Thomas became hurt during that series and was unable to contribute. Boston acquired him in an offseason trade with Cleveland. The victor would move on to take on the victor of a battle between No. 3 seed Cleveland and No. 6 seed Miami in the second round. Washington has a game it should lose Thursday night, when it plays the Cavaliers in Cleveland (though the Cavs will be without two of its three point guards, George Hill and Jose Calderon, due to injury).

If that's not necessarily a problem in the shortest term - it's not unreasonable to think the Celtics have enough talent and know-how to survive against a lower-seeded foe in the opening round - it nearly certainly will become one in the midterm and potentially even in the long term. They'll close the season with a home game hosting the Brooklyn Nets.

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