Nets news: Kyrie Irving to miss second straight game vs. Celtics on Friday
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REPORT: Kyrie Irving out for Nets vs. Celtics on Friday

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Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving will miss the second half of their back-to-back showdown with the Boston Celtics on Friday.

Kyrie has missed the Nets’ last seven games, including their visit to TD Garden against the Celtics on Wednesday, due to a shoulder injury. The team described his condition as a right shoulder impingement.

The 27-year-old All-Star guard has not traveled with the team as he recovers from his injury. On Wednesday, however, he was heavily booed by Celtics fans who chanted “Kyrie sucks.”

Irving, in response, went on an epic rant on his Instagram stories. He criticized sports fans, particularly the Beantown faithfuls, for giving more importance to the drama surrounding the game and for treating players as products for entertainment and not humans who has emotions.

It remains to be seen when Irving will return to the Nets lineup. Nonetheless, head coach Kenny Atkinson previously downplayed the severity of Kyrie’s injury and said that he doesn’t think it is a long-term issue.

Kyrie has been phenomenal for the Nets in the 11 games he has played in so far. Before being sidelined due to the injury, he was averaging 28.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game.

Fortunately for Brooklyn, they are competing even without their top player. Spencer Dinwiddie filled the void left by Irving, bagging a Player of the Week honor and leading the Nets to a 5-2 record in his absence.