Published: Wed, March 21, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Celtics Have 'Good Feeling' Kyrie Irving Will Return For Playoffs

Celtics Have 'Good Feeling' Kyrie Irving Will Return For Playoffs

Tony Massarotti of 98.5 The Sports Hub first reported Irving would seek another opinion.

Irving will consult another medical opinion "later this week", according to Shams Charania of Yahoo!

Irving missed his fourth straight game Tuesday night while waiting for soreness to dissipate in the knee.

While that all sounds disheartening, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski gave a somewhat encouraging update Tuesday on "SportsCenter", noting that Irving's knee has not suffered structural damage. "And that they still believe in Boston, that the best remedy to get him better and better and back, will be rest".

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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. Pictured: Kyrie Irving #11 of Team Lebron warms up prior to the NBA All-Star Game 2018 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, Feb. 18, 2018.

Getting a second opinion is the smart move. "Or I haven't talked to Danny or our staff about it".

"He's worked really hard to manage the soreness throughout the entire season", Stevens said.

"He has a surgery that may need to happen, but maybe not this summer", Ainge said last week.

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Stevens stressed that the soreness is not a new pain but just lingering. We knew coming into this year that he probably wasn't going to be an 82-game guy.

"I don't really think about it until I'm told something like that", he said. "So we gotta make sure that we're as prepared as we can for that, then go from there".

The question is no longer about whether or not Irving can play through, it is if it is worth it for him to play through it, if all he is doing is delaying the inevitable.

Nobody wants to see Irving out for the year, especially with the season he is having.

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Stevens also emphasized that Irving is not sidelined because the team is electing to rest him in preparation for the postseason: "This is not one of those situations where we're choosing to rest somebody".

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