By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
In truly shocking news, Nets guard Kyrie Irving will not make his return to TD Garden for the first time since lying to Celtic fans and signing with Brooklyn next Wednesday, as he continues to deal with an apparent right shoulder injury.
“After being evaluated this evening, it has been determined that Kyrie Irving will miss the team’s upcoming three-game road trip" the Nets announced Friday night. "[Irving] will be re-assessed once the team returns.”
Now, Irving has missed the last four games due to this shoulder injury, but it's hard not to roll your eyes when you see the road games on that trip, as Irving was slated to play against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, Cavaliers in Cleveland, and the C's in Boston. There's some sort of Kyrie connection to all of these places; The Knicks were convinced Kyrie was going to sign with them, Irving repeatedly dodged returns to Cleveland throughout his two-year tenure with the Celtics, and the Celtics, well, I don't need to remind you of all of that trouble.
In other words, it's not hard to imagine that his shoulder had already circled this trip as the moment the schedule was released.
Irving's opt-out of this contest saves Celtics president Danny Ainge the internal battle of a video tribute and boos for the Celtic -turned-Net, but denies the Garden crowd the opportunity to let Irving know how they truly feel.
The Nets will return to Boston Mar. 3, 2020.