Boston Celtics: If Kyrie Irving is done, so are the C’s

NBA Boston Celtics Kyrie Irving (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
NBA Boston Celtics Kyrie Irving (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Kyrie Irving has been the heart and soul of this year’s Boston Celtics team, so what would it mean if he misses the remainder of the season? 

It wasn’t too long ago the Boston Celtics had sole possession of the first seed in the Eastern Conference, and a nice little cushion too.

Now, they’re just trying to stay afloat as the Toronto Raptors race past them inching closer and closer to securing homecourt throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. Injury after injury, Boston has been decimated by them this season.

Now, they must have the adversity that comes with having your star point guard – and best player – suffering an ailing knee injury.

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Kyrie Irving apparently first suffered the knee injury March 11th against the Pacers, and has missed the four games since. After now almost two weeks resting the knee, the pain is still lingering, according to Irving. So much so that Irving elected to get a second opinion

This recent development bring across the question, what happens if Kyrie Irving is done for the year? I’m sure Boston fans would optimistically think that they could still make some noise in the NBA playoffs, but that just isn’t true.

The Boston Celtics are simply too young and lack the offensive power to contend without Kyrie Irving in the lineup. It just won’t happen. Many assumed the offense would struggle when Gordon Hayward suffered a season-ending injury on night 1 of the NBA season, then having to adjust with Irvin too? It just isn’t applicable.

Regardless of what you think of the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Toronto Raptors entering the playoffs, both are still good enough to beat the Boston Celtics without Kyrie Irving.

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Obviously you don’t want to be pessimistic, and obviously no matter what happens Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown will get much needed postseason minutes.

However, any NBA Finals appearance aspirations Boston has this season resides on Kyrie Irving’s knee.