Kyrie Irving will not play in the Brooklyn Nets’ first matchup against his former team, the Boston Celtics, the team announced Friday night. Irving will miss the Nets’ next three games: road matchups against the Knicks, the Cleveland Cavaliers and, finally, the Celtics on Wednesday.

Irving has already missed Brooklyn’s past four games with a right shoulder impingement, suffered against the Utah Jazz on Nov. 12.

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Coach Kenny Atkinson said Irving “gutted out” the Nets’ game against the Nuggets two days later but was in pain.

Atkinson said this week that Irving has yet to participate in a practice since tweaking his shoulder. Irving, who is still unable to shoot comfortably, is undergoing daily treatment.

Kyrie was recently part of a report by Stephen A. Smith. 

Atkinson said he would like to see Irving, 27, go through practice pain free before he returns to the court.

At the moment, Atkinson said that both pain tolerance and range of motion are issues for the point guard.

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