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Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving to undergo procedure on left knee

Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving will undergo a minor procedure on his ailing left knee Saturday.

The Celtics announced on Friday that Irving would have the procedure to “alleviate irritation in his left knee” after the five-time All-Star received a second opinion in New York on Thursday. There is expected to be more clarity on his timetable to return after the procedure.

Irving, 25, has missed the past four games for the Celtics because of the lack of comfort in his knee. There was hope last week that Irving would return this week, but his knee issue did not improve with rest.

Kyrie Irving has been struggling with soreness in his left knee. (AP)

Irving, a five-time All-Star, has averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 60 games this season, his first with the Celtics following a blockbuster trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Boston is currently 48-23 and has a firm grip on the second seed in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics last week lost center Daniel Theis to season-ending knee surgery and guard Marcus Smart for six to eight weeks to surgery on a torn tendon in his right thumb.

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