Kyrie Irving out 3-6 Weeks after Knee Procedure

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Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving could be out until May after undergoing a minimally invasive procedure on his left knee on Saturday.

According to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe, there is growing optimism that Kyrie Irving will return near the start of the National Basketball Association playoffs or in the second round, if the Celtics can advance without him.

The procedure was a result of a tension wire giving Irving issues. On March 11, he pulled himself out at halftime in Boston's loss to the Pacers, and hasn't been on the court since. The longer estimate for his return means Irving would not be able to come back until the second round.

According to the Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach, there is "optimism" that the Celtics' starting floor general "could return either near the start of the playoffs or, on the later end, in a conference semifinals series".

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The Celtics have 10 games remaining in their regular season, and the playoffs start on April 14.

Irving, who turned 26 on Friday, received a second opinion on the knee on Thursday and the team announced Friday that he would undergo surgery.

In his first season with the Celtics, Irving has established himself as the team's first option, averaging 24.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 5.1 assists in 60 games. Guard Marcus Thumb went under the knife to fix his torn thumb and forward Daniel Theis is out with a torn meniscus.

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