With the Nets heading to Boston on Wednesday, it was supposed to be a premier matchup of Kyrie Irving and his new crew against his former, revamped team.
Interestingly enough, Irving has been conveniently ruled out for the team's upcoming road trip, which includes games against the New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers and, of course, next Wednesday's date with the Celtics. Apparently, Irving is having trouble with a shoulder injury that has already cost him four games this season.
According to former Celtics legend Kendrick Perkins, however, there's another reason why Uncle Drew will be sitting out in Wednesday's matchup against Boston.
There is little evidence to support Perk's theory, it is probably unfair for Perk to even suggest such an assumption. We know that his shoulder struggles are a very real and present obstacle for the All-Star guard this year, and it could even need surgery if it continues to linger.
In Irving’s case — and other younger patients’ cases — the shoulder impingement could have been the result of an injury to the rotator cuff, as well as the instability of his shoulder joints, according to Kelly’s hypothesis.
“Both conditions force the rotator cuff to work overtime in order to keep the shoulder stable,” he told the News. “There is a high likelihood that Mr. Irving has a labral tear or loosening of the shoulder capsule due to repetitive stress.”
Regardless of the reason, it looks like fans will have to wait a little while longer to witness Kyrie's return to Boston. Who knows, we may even see them pitted up against each other in the postseason...