Just because Kyrie Irving isn't coming to Boston on Wednesday night doesn't mean Celtics fans are letting him off the hook.
The Brooklyn Nets star will miss Wednesday's game against the Celtics at TD Garden due to a shoulder injury, which many C's fans saw as a convenient excuse to avoid hearing a chorus of boos from the fanbase he alienated this offseason.
But Celtics fans have found another way to express their feelings about Irving. Check out the sign someone plastered on a street post outside TD Garden on Wednesday:
That's a pretty harsh sign, and one that drew the attention of former Celtics big man and ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins.
We agree, Perk.
While Enes Kanter didn't put up this sign, the Celtics big man did admit on "The Enes Kanter Show" he's "disappointed" Irving can't make the trip for Wednesday's game.
Kanter's teammates were more diplomatic about Irving's no-show, as Jaylen Brown said simply, "We'll catch him next time."
That "next time" could come Friday, as the Celtics travel to Brooklyn for the second leg of a home-and-home series.
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Well, we can't say we're surprised, can we?
Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving won't be playing against the Boston Celtics at all this season. The 27-year-old is set to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.
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Irving didn't play in the Nets first two matchups against his former team this season while dealing with the shoulder injury that has seen him miss more than half of the 2019-20 season. In just 20 games played, Irving averaged 27.4 points while shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 39.4 percent from beyond the arc.
We should also mention that even though Irving has missed a majority of the season, he still nearly stole an All-Star game spot from Kemba Walker -- the fan vote ranked him second behind Atlanta's Trae Young.
The Celtics are nipping at the Toronto Raptors heels and sit third in the Eastern Conference while the Nets are on the rise, going 7-3 in their last 10 games and ranking seventh in the East.
If Boston were to take over second place in the conference, the Celtics could potentially meet the Nets in the first round of the playoffs -- Boston having home court advantage.
With Irving set to miss the remainder of the season, this elimates any chance he'll have to face the Celtics in the postseason -- surprise, surprise.
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