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Irving injury dents Boston’s Eastern Conference chances

Kyrie Irving will miss the remainder of the NBA season.

THE Boston Celtics have been dealt a huge blow on the eve of the NBA players after star point guard Kyrie Irving was ruled out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

In an Instragram post sent out on early Friday morning, the fivet-time NBA All-Star representative confirmed he will miss Boston’s entire playoff run after specialists determined his troublesome knee required surgery.

The team later announced that the injury layoff will be between four to five months.

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The injury to Irving saw the Celtics take a big hit in the betting markets.

Online bookmaker Sportsbet had Boston at the $5.50 mark to win the Eastern Conference title, but after the Irving injury news dropped the company moved the Cs out to the $12 quote.

Despite the bitter blow, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told ESPN that the team isn’t ready to give up on the season just yet.

“It was so fun in training camp to watch Kyrie and Gordon (Hayward) and Al (Horford) play together,” he said.

“Our young guys were blossoming, and it was just amazing how quickly things were working.

“Then, as the season went on without Gordon, we got to see how well guys responded, and turned a terrible thing into a positive. Even after Kyrie went down, our guys had the mindset of ‘OK, we’re going to make a really good run here.’ But now we’ve lost Daniel (Theis), Marcus (Smart)and Kyrie.

“It’s part of what we go through. It’s not fun for anybody, but our guys won’t quit right now, I’ll tell you that.”