By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)
According to multiple reports, including ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving‘s season has officially concluded – he will miss the remainder of the team’s regular season, as well as the postseason, too.
Irving recently had surgery on his left knee and won’t be returning to the hardwood until next season.
The news is not great for the Celtics, who currently occupy the second position in the Eastern Conference. The Toronto Raptors lead all teams in the East and recently defeated Boston by a score of 96-78.
Boston is scheduled to compete in four more games before the postseason begins, but without Irving, the Celtics will need their younger players to step-up, including Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Al Horford will also be expected to lead the Green and White in the postseason, as well.
As of this afternoon, the Raptors appear to be a lock for the top seed in the Eastern Conference, while the Cleveland Cavaliers will most likely finish in third place.
If the postseason was to commence this afternoon or evening, the Celtics would face the seventh-seed Washington Wizards in the opening round.