NEW YORK — Kyrie Irving won’t play within the Brooklyn Nets’ first matchup towards his former workforce, the Boston Celtics, the workforce introduced Friday night time. Irving will miss the Nets’ subsequent three video games, which embrace street matchups towards the Knicks, the Cleveland Cavaliers and, lastly, the Celtics on Wednesday.
Irving has already missed Brooklyn’s previous 4 video games with a proper shoulder impingement, which he suffered towards the Utah Jazz on Nov. 12. Coach Kenny Atkinson stated Irving “gutted out” the Nets’ sport towards the Nuggets two days later however was in ache.
Atkinson stated this week that Irving has but to take part in a follow since tweaking his shoulder. Irving, who remains to be unable to shoot comfortably, is present process each day remedy.
“I do not assume it is one thing he can play by way of proper now,” Atkinson stated after follow Thursday. “The shoulder is a delicate spot, particularly for some extent guard — you are like a quarterback.”
Atkinson stated he wish to see Irving, 27, undergo follow ache free earlier than he returns to the court docket. In the intervening time, Atkinson stated that each ache tolerance and vary of movement are points for the purpose guard.
“He is bought to get to the purpose the place he looks like — and we really feel like — he can play. We’re simply not at that time proper now,” Atkinson stated Thursday.
Irving has a historical past of not taking part in towards his former groups. Since leaving the Cavaliers after the 2016-17 season, he has performed in Cleveland solely as soon as.
“It’s at all times a present when Kyrie performs,” Nets heart DeAndre Jordan advised ESPN. “I’m fairly positive that some followers will miss him [in Boston]. Some followers produce other ideas.”
The Nets face the Celtics once more Nov. 29 at Barclays Middle.