Celtics' Kyrie Irving Getting Second Opinion On Knee

Celtics' Kyrie Irving Getting Second Opinion On Knee

Kyrie Irving's troublesome sore left knee is causing Boston Celtics fans to hold their collective breath. Kyrie Irving was just supposed to be dealing with some knee soreness, and could come back any time.

According to multiple reports, Irving is planning to travel for a second opinion later this week due to a lack of progress on his ailing left knee.

Irving, who turns 26 years old this week, has averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals in his first season with the Celtics.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on SportsCenter Tuesday night the hope is that rest will be sufficient recovery for Irving to eventually return.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens recently revealed that the former Cavaliers star was feeling "better and better" and that there was a chance of him featuring in Sunday's 108-39 loss against the New Orleans Pelicans, only to pull out in the last second.

"It's not new pain by any means", Stevens told reporters before the Celtics-Thunder game at the TD Garden. "Or I haven't talked to Danny (Ainge) or our staff about it".

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"That is good news", Stevens said of Brown's low-stress workout.

Ainge was asked specifically about Irving's need to have a surgical procedure. "At the end of the day, like I said, if he doesn't go on the trip, and we know he's going to be gone for four games, then we have to prepare for those four games regardless". Boston has always played the long game with this rebuild, and they will do it with Irving as well. Bottom line: he needs the screws out.

"So still the same thing that we've talked about". When I actually do get back on the floor, I want to feel the level I expect myself to be at and I want to play at and being able to sustain it. He wants to feel 110 percent.

"Obviously, we're fortunate in that we created cushion early on in the year as far as playoffs and everything else, but this is not one of those situations where we're choosing to rest somebody", Stevens added.

"He's out because he's got a sore knee".

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