Kyrie Irving to miss rest of season, playoffs

If the Bucks and Celtics do end up facing off, National Basketball Association experts don't anticipate an easier time for Milwaukee.

"This season was only a snapshot of what's to come from me", he said in his post.

Irving recently developed an infection at the site of the screws, and now they must be taken out. Those screws will be removed in a separate procedure on Saturday to ensure no infection remains in his knee.

As a Celtics fan, this is definitely disheartening news.

With Irving on the court, the Celtics have maintained Four Factors marks of a 52.2-29.8, per NBAMath's FATS Calculator.

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The Boston Celtics are headed to the playoffs despite not having Gordon Hayward for all but one game this season.

Surely, everyone who bleeds green and white was disheartened by the news. However, their defense has been good enough that they can also beat all three of those teams, even without Irving.

Irving is already at stage five. Perhaps this trend will force teams to be even more careful with their stars moving forward.

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) dribbles against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins (22) in the fourth quarter at Target Center.

There's real, legitimate reason for such an environment to develop in Boston.

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And Celtics supporters have increased their hope the 28-year-old could return with Irving now ruled out. Miami holds a tiebreaker over Washington because of a better division record, and over Milwaukee by virtue of winning all three meetings. Terry Rozer will continue to work as Boston's starting point guard heading into the playoffs and he's been a nice surprise, averaging 17.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists across 34.5 minutes in 13 previous starts this season.

While many have noted that rookie Jayson Tatum is an excellent spot-up scorer, it's also worth mentioning his prowess as the ball-handler in a pick-and-roll. The rookie has increased his shot attempts from 9.9 per game before Irving went down to 13.6 since - an increase of almost 40 percent. He has averaged 20.8 PPG since Irving became sidelined, and he has hit 44.7 percent of his 3s during that time frame. Morris has shown in recent weeks that the Celtics can thrive when he's one of the go-to-guys on offense as Stevens has found a way to raise his game.

But that doesn't help the Celtics' cause for this postseason, which is set to tip off in just nine days.

It's disappointing that Boston's admirable and astonishing run through some ridiculous adversity is going to come an end sooner than anyone had hoped, but they've fought through just about everything that could have been thrown at them.

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  • Jill Young