Following the Nets 116-97 win over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night, the team announced that Kyrie Irving will not play in the team's next three games due to his shoulder injury.
The Nets announced that they evaluated the injury on Friday, and deemed that their All-Star point guard will miss the next three games against the Knicks (which would have been his first game at MSG since signing with the Nets), the Cavaliers, and the Celtics (his two former teams).
Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson addressed the media prior to the Nets' matchup with the Kings, saying there was still no real timetable for Irving to return.
"There's no update, no timetable," Atkinson said. "I think he's concerned about one thing: getting back to being as close to 100 percent as possible, and that's as simple as that."
In his first season in Brooklyn, Irving has averaged a career-best 28.5 points per game and 7.2 assists per game, averaging close to 34 minutes per game in 11 games.
The Nets are 4-7 with Irving in the lineup, and are now 7-8 overall, and while it has been suggested that Irving's attitude has been an issue with his new team already, SNY's Ian Begley reported earlier on Friday that his attitude "hasn't been an issue," according to a team source.