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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) – Celtics guard Kyrie Irving underwent a successful, minimally-invasive procedure today, with a recovery timetable that could line up with the start of the 2018 playoffs.
The Celtics report that the procedure was to remove a tension wire in his left knee. The wire was originally placed as part of the surgical repair of a fractured patella sustained during the 2015 NBA Finals. While removal of the wire should relieve irritation it was causing in Irving’s patellar tendon, the fractured patella has fully healed and Irving’s knee has been found to be completely structurally sound.
Irving is expected to return to basketball activities in 3-6 weeks. The NBA Playoffs start on Saturday, April 14.