Nasal surgery

Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge said point guard Kyrie Irving was unable to attend Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals because he was recovering from nasal surgery.

Ainge said on Monday that Irving had a deviated septum. The injury occurred in November when he was hit in the face by teammate Aron Baynes. Irving wore a mask while healing from the facial fracture. Irving has not played since March because of a knee injury. But his absence on the Boston bench was noted when the Celtics played his former team, the Cavaliers.

Ainge joked: “I don’t think he wanted to be seen in public and ruin his movie career.”

Sports hernia

In the wake of several times this season referring to an undisclosed ailment that had limited his play, Miami Heat forward James Johnson has undergone surgery for a sports hernia, Yahoo Sports reported. The 31-year-old veteran this past season was unable to repeat his initial Heat success in the first year of the four-year, $60 million free-agent contract he signed last July.

Johnson insisted during the regular season that his conditioning had not waned, but was not nearly the same explosive presence who helped fuel the Heat to a 30-11 finish to the 2017-18 season.

Johnson, scheduled to earn $14.7 million next season, closed the season as the Heat’s starting power forward, his 280 assists second on the team only to point guard Goran Dragic.

On Oct. 21, Johnson became the second player in the franchise’s 30 seasons to record at least eight assists and five blocks in a game, joining Dwyane Wade.