The Celtics will be without Kyrie Irving Monday night.
Brad Stevens told reporters that left knee soreness will keep the star point guard out when the C's take on the Bulls in Chicago.
Irving played 35 minutes in the Celtics' 123-120 loss to the Rockets Saturday. He had 18 points, six assists and three rebounds.
This will be the seventh game Irving has missed this season.
The depleted Celtics will sign guard Sean Kilpatrick to a 10-day contract, according to The Boston Herald's Mark Murphy.
Kilpatrick, 28, 6-4, 210 pounds, who played at the University of Cincinnati, most recently played for the Clippers this season and has spent time with the Bucks and Brooklyn Nets the past two seasons.
With their spate of injuries lately, including Kyrie Irving undergoing a procedure on his knee Saturday, the Celtics have been granted a "hardship roster exemption" by the NBA.
The Celtics say Kyrie Irving will be able to return to "basketball activities in 3-6 weeks" and multiple reports expressed optimism that he'll able to return to the team sometime during the playoffs.
The team released the following statement:
Celtics guard Kyrie Irving today underwent a minimally-invasive procedure 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.
While "basketball activities" doesn't necessarily mean playing in games, the playoffs begin April 14 and the conference finals start as early as May 13, which could Irving playing again with the Celtics in the postseason should they advance.
Irving underwent the procedure on his left knee to help alleviate the soreness that has kept him out the past five games. There was a fear that Irving could be lost for the rest of the season, including playoffs.
More to come...