Earlier in the season, Kyrie Irving did not make the trip to Boston with the Nets when they visited the Celtics on Thanksgiving Eve. He was dealing with a right shoulder impingement and missed 26 games while he was sidelined from November 14 to January 10.
Irving was able to make his return on January 12 with the help of a cortisone shot, which he received on Christmas Eve with the hope of avoiding surgery. He then played in nine of Brooklyn’s next 11 games, until he suffered a medial ligament sprain in his right knee on February 1. That caused him to missed the Nets’ last five games before the All-Star break.
But it turns out the shoulder has become a problem again — to the point where he needs to see a specialist later in the week.
Last time, the Nets handled the situation carefully. So, when Brooklyn visits Boston on March 3, Celtics fans may miss out on a reunion with Irving again. That game will be the last time the Nets visit the Garden in 2019-20 — though the two teams could meet in the playoffs.