Kyrie Irving is not going to be around next week to hear how Boston fans feel about him (although I suspect he already knows).
Irving, who has missed four games with a shoulder impingement, is not joining the team on a three-game road trip that includes a date with his former team the Celtics next Wednesday, the team announced. From Brian Lewis of the New York Post:
After being evaluated this evening, it has been determined that Kyrie Irving will miss the team’s upcoming three-game road trip (NYK, CLE, BOS) according to the #Nets. He will be re-assessed once the team returns.
— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) November 23, 2019
Irving has been out with a shoulder impingement (an injury often seen in swimmers). The injury is where the bones in the shoulder impinge on the tendons or bursa (the sac of fluid in the joint that makes movement smooth and painless). This causes pain and limits motion. The treatment for this is generally rest and time off, so Irving missing this time is not out of the ordinary.
Not that this stops the conspiracy theorists.
Kyrie looked at the schedule before the season started and planned this whole injury thing because he didn’t want to go back to Boston this upcoming week!!! He didn’t want that smoke in the Bean Town. Smh
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) November 23, 2019
Irving is leading the Nets averaging 28.5 points and 7.2 assists a game, hitting 34.1 percent of his threes, and he’s the guy with the ball in his hands being asked to make plays. The Nets offense is 10.4 points per 100 possessions better when Irving is on the court this season.
Still, the Nets have gone 3-1 in the games he has missed.