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Cary Erickson | 08 April, 2018, 01:48

Even if the Celtics take care of the ball and slow the game down into a halfcourt battle, Horford is going to have to put in a Herculean performance in containing Antetokounmpo.

Kyrie Irving will miss the remainder of the regular season and the entire postseason after undergoing a procedure on his ailing knee, and the star point guard revealed some details about the injury on Thursday.

But ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski insists there is no chance the one-time All-Star will play again this season.

However, less than two weeks later, Boston confirmed the 26-year-old will have to undergo surgery to remove two screws that were implanted during the same surgery to stabilize the kneecap he fractured in the 2015 NBA Finals. But the doctors have to make sure the infection I cleared up.

On March 24, the 2016 National Basketball Association champion underwent what the Celtics described as a "minimally invasive procedure" to remove a tension wire that was inserted in his left knee three years ago, indicating he would be back within three to six weeks.

In the upcoming surgery, two screws will be removed. The fracture in Irving's patella has completely healed, and his knee remains structurally sound. The timeline for his return to full fitness is expected to be around four to five months.

But he vows to come back better than ever. The team will probably not want to risk re-injury, especially now that Irving will be out.

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The C's will be in great shape if they run this same roster back next fall (and re-sign Marcus Smart), but they have the assets to make some moves this summer.

The teams will face each other once more this season - April 10 at Washington - but don't expect either to tip their hand ahead of a potential playoff rematch. Since then, the Celtics have gone 7-4 and are now on a two-game losing streak. But the playoffs are where the big boys play, and they're going to have to try and get by without their team MVP.

Well, well, well. How things are getting shaken up in the NBA's Eastern Conference.

Their shot to win the Finals has gone from 20:1 to 80:1.

LeBron's Cavs now reside as the No. 3 seed in the East with a 48-30 record, good for a tie with the fast-rising and risky Philadelphia 76ers.

The Heat have the lowest probability of facing the Celtics in the first round, but they probably wouldn't mind taking on the presumptive No. 2 seed.

The Celtics will have to regroup with the playoffs poised to start a few days after the April 11 regular-season finale. No matter who it ends up being, it's hard to view the C's as anything more than a 50/50 proposition to win a first-round series.