Celtics Nets BasketballBrooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving, center, jokes with forward Kevin Durant, left, during a timeout against the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Irving sat out for the eighth straight time Friday. The All-Star watched from the bench as Brooklyn beat the Boston Celtics 112-107.
The Nets hoped he could return for the second part of their home-and-home against his former team but instead ruled him out once more with an impingement. He was at the arena for an evaluation and coach Kenny Atkinson said afterward that Irving has started shooting, though not participating in any workouts with contact.
Atkinson said Irving would miss the Nets’ game Sunday against Miami and the team will see how he is progressing next week.
Irving averaged a team-high 28.5 points in 11 games before he was hurt.