Boston Celtics fans are already coming at Kyrie Irving despite the fact that the Brooklyn Nets star will miss Wednesday’s game.
Sports fans aren’t known for being rational. This irrationality is only magnified when a fanbase is spurned by a star player for another. Such is the case for Kyrie Irving and Boston Celtics fans.
The Brooklyn Nets point guard is dealing with a right shoulder impingement that has kept him out of the last six games. He’ll miss Brooklyn’s tilt with Boston in TD Garden on Wednesday and Celtics fans are already labeling him a coward.
Currently out the front of TD Garden: pic.twitter.com/dVKuCOu0rT
— Hayley Byrnes Hartlage (@HayleyByrnes) November 27, 2019
First of all, anyone who says Irving is “faking” or “milking” this injury so he won’t have to face the Boston crowd is either lying or they’re a few cards short of a full deck.
With that out of the way, the Boston crowd was going to bring out the pitchforks for Kyrie whether he was playing in the game or not. That’s understandable. Irving said he was re-signing prior to the 2018-19 season and later reneged to join the Nets.
Through 11 games, Irving is averaging 28.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 7.2 assists per game. He was an all-too-early MVP candidate before his injury.
Boston countered by signing Kemba Walker and that’s proving to be one of the best moves of the offseason. The reinvigorated Celtics are 12-4 and in a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference. The best revenge is living well.
With or without Irving, the Nets will see the Celtics twice in three days. Their home-and-home set with Boston sandwiches Thanksgiving.