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Kyrie Irving will miss the remainder of the season, including the playoffs, following last month's knee surgery, according to ESPN. The Celtics have been one of the three or four best teams in the league all season, but chances are, they were not going to truly compete for a title this year anyway. "The fracture in Irving's patella has completely healed, and his knee remains structurally sound".

The Celtics gave a timeline on Kyrie Irving's knee injury that would have him back around the start of the playoffs or several weeks later. This season was only a snapshot of what's to come from me.

The NBA Draft: The Celtics entered this season hopeful that the Lakers would wind up in the 2-6 range in the draft, which would have required LA to send its pick to Boston.

Throw in the free-agent signings of Al Horford in 2015 and Hayward last summer, and it's been as good a five-year stretch as any National Basketball Association front office could have.

"The hardest thing to do sometimes is accept the uncontrollable things life throws at you", he wrote.

But if there was a team built to withstand the loss of a five-time all-star and still find success - even in the playoffs - it is this Celtics team.

Irving, who underwent recent knee surgery, was expected to miss at least some of the postseason, but the latest update confirmed that the first round and any additional round would now also be out of the question for the talented point guard. "It's simply a test of your perseverance and Will, to be present, even in the wake of what's going on".

There was a report Irving threatened to have surgery if the Cavs didn't trade him last summer.

The Celtics rumors of Irving's absence for the playoffs will be especially tough to take for fans who already saw one of their newest stars, Gordon Hayward, lost for the entire season due to a bad injury. "I feel like, just like our players, let's go, next challenge, let's find a way". His loss is a blow to Boston (53-25), which is now the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Teams ahead of them include the Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, and Golden State Warriors.