WATCH: Kyrie Irving arrives for Celtics-Nets, but won't play vs. former team

Darren Hartwell

Kyrie Irving's former teammates won't get to play against him Friday, but at least they'll see his face.

The Nets guard arrived at Barclays Center about two hours before Brooklyn's 12 p.m. ET matchup against the Boston Celtics and is expected to be on the bench for the game despite being ruled out with a shoulder injury.

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Irving didn't make the trip to Boston for Wednesday's game and hasn't faced the Celtics since leaving to sign with the Nets in free agency last summer.

Friday's game will mark the sixth consecutive time Irving hasn't played against the team he most recently played for.

Celtics fans broke out in "Kyrie sucks!" chants at Wednesday's game despite Irving's absence, and the 27-year-old wasn't too happy about them, judging by the lengthy message he posted on his Instagram story late Wednesday night.

C's fans in attendance at Barclays Center on Friday can let Irving know how they feel in person, while his former teammates and coaches likely will be kinder to Irving if they cross paths before or after the game.

Get ready for Celtics-Nets on Friday with Celtics Pregame Live at 11:30 a.m., then Mike & Scal have the call at 12 p.m. on NBC Sports Boston, or you can stream them here through the MyTeams App.

WATCH: Kyrie Irving arrives for Celtics-Nets, but won't play vs. former team originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

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