So much for Wednesday night's drama at TD Garden.
According to a report in The Athletic, Kyrie Irving won't be joining the Brooklyn Nets when they take on the Celtics this coming week. The game represented the first chance for Irving to play in front of the Boston crowd since he left via free agency to the Nets.
Irving's absence is due to a lingering shoulder injury. The Nets are currently 3-1 in the guard's absence, with Irving having averaged 28.5 points per game throughout his first 11 contests. The next time Brooklyn travels back to Boston is March 3, with the teams playing at Barclays Center Friday.
At the start of last season, Irving expressed his desire to return to the Celtics, but that desire began to wane over the course of the season. He began to call out his younger teammates and cited dysfunction in the locker room — all before the All-Star break.
When Irving joined the Nets, he said he was struggling with the loss of his grandfather among other things, and felt a change in environment was necessary.
Still, many Celtics fans believe Irving was responsible for the team's failures last season and will have to wait for the next chance to express their true feelings toward him.