For the Boston Celtics, the news could not have been any worse, Kyrie Irving is done for the season. Irving and Gordon Heyward were the foundation of this year’s Boston team and they never played a whole game together all season. (Plus, Irving is 50-50 at this time to start next season on time after a second knee surgery.)
Add in defensive-stopper Marcus Smart is not expected back until the first 15 days of May and those thinking about backing the Celtics will have to review that position. Until the April 4th drubbing at Toronto, Boston was on a 7-2 roll (6-3 ATS), leaning on their talented youngsters.
With the C’s locked in as the second-seed in the Eastern Conference, they will face either Miami, Washington or Milwaukee in the first round of the playoffs and even making a series bet on Boston seems precarious at this point.
Besides Irving, here are other impactful injuries to consider for the playoffs.
Wall Trying To Fit in with Washington and Philly Hoping for Embiid’s Return
John Wall is back with Washington, but chances are he’s not going to slide right back in. Wall’s return after a long absence means a different guard rotation and ball-handling responsibilities for the Wizards. Maybe the Washington players figure this out right away or they need multiple games to find a rhythm. Here is the problem, let’s say it takes Washington seven to nine games to properly implement Wall back into the flow with his teammates. By then the Wizards could be down 0-2 in the playoff series and they are nearly finished.