Report: Kyrie Irving To Miss Remainder Of 2018 Regular Season & Postseason

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The Boston Celtics learned today (Weds., Apr. 5th) that Kyrie Irving won’t be returning for the remainder of the 2018 season. (PHOTO CREDIT: USA Today)

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 TatumAl 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.

Sunday Column: Boston’s Playoff Return Shows Progress Under Stevens

Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics begin their postseason play on Sunday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and after a semi-successful season, there is optimism surrounding the Green and White. (Photo Credit: Celtics Hub/CelticsHub.com)
Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics begin their postseason play on Sunday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and after a semi-successful season, there is optimism surrounding the Green and White. (Photo Credit: Celtics Hub/CelticsHub.com)

By Matt Noonan

The Boston Celtics have returned to the postseason.

Yep, the “glory days” of Boston Celtics basketball has returned. However, don’t get your hopes up because Brad Stevens – the head coach of the month! – will be guiding a roster of second and third depth chart players against perhaps the ultimate favorite to defeat San Antonio in June (or Golden State).

Boston will once again see LeBron James in the “second season,” but unlike previous matchups, this particular series favors King James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Framingham’s own David Blatt.

That’s right, the Cavaliers are going to win this series, probably in four or five games.

Perhaps six? Well, that would depend, especially if the Celtics could win one (and hopefully two) game(s) on their own parquet.

Yet, no matter the outcome of this series – again, expect Cleveland to win – this is a huge step forward for a team that became the biggest revolving door earlier this season.

Give credit to Stevens and most of the front office as the Green and White became “pit-stop” for a slew of players over the past few months. Players like Tayshaun Prince, Nate Robinson, Jameer Nelson and Austin Rivers stole the headlines when they all landed in the ‘City of Champions’ during Danny Ainge’s ‘Wheeling and Dealing’ escapade. Rajon Rondo was a Celtic – he was on the opening day roster – but was eventually shipped to Dallas.

Once Ainge stopped shuffling the deck, Stevens had a chance to get to know his team – for the most part! – and teach them a style of basketball that resulted in a 40-42 record.

Boston won more games this year, outlasting their 2013-14 squad that captured 25 games, including 16 contests on Causeway Street. This season, the Celtics won 21 games on their home court, 19 on the road, and 12 divisional matchups. Boston also finished 28-24 in the Eastern Conference, but again, don’t let those numbers fool you because the Celtics won’t be playing basketball in May or June (I am sorry, Boston!).

I am a Celtics fan – always have been! – however, I just don’t think this team has what it takes to defeat the second best team in the East. If they were matched up against the Atlanta Hawks, well … I would think they would have a chance. Chicago? Forget it, I like the Bulls because they’ll contend for an Eastern Conference crown.

Boston – on the other hand – should enjoy seeing their beloved Celtics in the playoffs. It is extremely nice to have a winter team extend their season into mid-to-late April, especially after the Bruins’ collapse last weekend. We love having our teams compete in the postseason, we do, but this team won’t be riding Duckboats around Government Center. Instead, most of the players will learn from this opportunity and apply it to next season.

Year number two of Stevens and the Celtics has been a success. They won more games, were competitive with the league’s top teams – remember when they almost beat the Warriors? – and showed they can compete, even if they look like a squad that resembles a college intramural unit.

I am extremely excited to see the Celtics taking a step forward. And now, it is all about playing your best – at least giving your best effort, Brad! – and learning from the experience. I believe in Brad just like I believe in Boston. Better days are ahead for the Green and White, so consider this the start of something special.

All good teams have to go through a “rebuilding” phase in order to contend. Atlanta was a decent team a few years ago and now they’re number one in the Eastern Conference. Toronto wasn’t that good, even when Vince Carter played for the Raptors, but now they’re a 49-win team. And the same could be said for Milwaukee, but the Bucks won 41 games, not 49.

Let’s all enjoy this series – please do the best you can to enjoy it, but remember that while Cleveland is indeed the favorite, Boston will one day be in their shoes and ready to contend for Banner 18.

Daily Noontime – January 30, 2012

Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics fell to Kyrie Irving on Sunday, 88-87! (Photo Credit: Lawrence.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Good Monday morning to everyone, and welcome into yet another stupendous edition of the Daily Noontime.

* The Boston Celtics four-game winning streak was snapped on Sunday evening, as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Green and White, 88-87. Kyrie Irving sank the go-ahead bucket with roughly two-seconds left, which proved to be the difference in this particular contest. Ray Allen led the squad with 22 points, while Paul Pierce had 18 points and six rebounds. Boston will return to the hardwood on Tuesday when they travel to Cleveland for a 7:00pm tip-off.

* The New England Patriots touched down in Indianapolis on Sunday, and will begin their preparations for Super Bowl XLVI on Monday. The New York Giants are slated to start their championship week practices on Wednesday.

* According to various reports – Patriots quarterback Tom Brady apparently rocked the Big Apple on Sunday when he told New England fans at a Gillette Stadium rally/send-off that he plans to work hard this week, as well as help his team win a Super Bowl. He also stated, “We’re going to give it our best and hopefully we have a lot more people at our party next weekend.” Brady’s remarks have certainly shocked New Yorkers, as well as their media outlets, too.

* Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs told reporters on Sunday that he is “totally” behind Tim Thomas, who skipped out of last week’s White House Stanley Cup ceremony. Thomas drew a great deal of criticism for his actions, but we’re sure he feels a tad bit better, especially knowing that the owner is on his side, right?

Daily Noontime – June 24, 2011

The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Kyrie Irving, as their first round pick in the 2011 NBA Draft!

Happy Friday to everyone! It’s the weekend, which means, the work week is slowly coming to a close, wahoo! Here’s the day’s headlines and news, so enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* The Cleveland Cavaliers used their first round pick in the 2011 NBA Draft to select Duke’s Kyrie Irving, who apparently has a large following overseas.

* Well, the NFL talks have now switched to Boston, Massachusetts, so hopefully, Bob Kraft and the Patriots front office can help the negotiations, right?

* Despite the fact that the NBA could head into a lockout, players have admitted they’re not worried, but want a quality deal for the future.

* It’s official, New York Jets back-up quarterback Erik Ainge has decided to end his NFL career.

* The 2011 NHL Draft is Friday and the Detroit Red Wings have their eye on various defensemen.

* Well, the Los Angles Dodgers and Frank McCourt drama continues, as FOX is not interested in forcing a deal.

Games to Watch: 

* Colorado at New York Yankees (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern 

* Boston at Pittsburgh (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern 

* Cleveland at San Francisco (MLB) – 10:15pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

This wasn’t much of a surprise, right? 

Daily Noontime – April 7, 2011

When exactly will the Red Sox win?

Well, what do you know? It is officially Thursday and April is slowly flying by, well, not really flying, but somewhat. You get the gist, right? Any who, here is your Daily Noontime for April 7, 2011, have a terrific day everyone!

Headlines:

* The Boston Red Sox have had worse starts in franchise history, but after Wednesday’s loss to Cleveland, things are certainly not looking up!  If things don’t change, Theo Epstein could make a gigantic splash.

* Miami Heat forward LeBron James is always causing controversy, but how does he feel about his mother getting arrested?

* It looks like Duke’s Kyrie Irving will enter the NBA Draft this June, but did he make the right decision?

* After an interesting session in court on Wednesday, it seems the message is simple to the NFL… GET BACK TO THE TABLE AND TALK!

* Did anyone see this coming? The Milwaukee Bucks knocked off the Miami Heat on Wednesday, 90-85.

*Are the Atlanta Falcons in the process of replacing their great tight end, Tony Gonzalez?

Games to Watch:

* Boston at Cleveland (MLB) – 12:05pm eastern

* Houston at Cincinnati (MLB) – 12:35pm eastern

* Tampa Bay at Chicago White Sox (MLB) – 2:10pm eastern

* Boston at Chicago (NBA) – 8:00pm eastern

Video of the Day:

There may actually be one member of the Red Sox organization who is doing quite well, right? This guy is it!