BOSTON - There are a number of games on the Boston Celtics 2019-20 schedule that fans have been eagerly anticipating. Just last week, one of those games, against the Los Angeles Clippers, took place. It was a thrilling match that featured clutch moments from Jayson Tatum, the pairing of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, and an ultimate loss for Boston. But still, games against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers and a resurgent Orlando Magic remain hotly anticipated for the legions of Celtics faithful.
But perhaps no game was as eagerly awaited as tomorrow’s game that was supposed to see Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets coming to the TD Garden for the first time this season. Typically, a game between the Celtics and Nets would not garner much attention. But everyone was excited to see point guard Kyrie Irving making his first return to Boston since departing over the off-season, as shared by ESPN.
Kyrie did not have the most harmonious time with the Celtics last year. He promised fans he would sign a long-term deal with the franchise before eventually going back on that speech. When he collapsed entirely during the post-season and was inept on the court, he eventually called it quits and signed with the Nets instead. He’s been just as talented for Brooklyn, averaging 28.5 points per game. But Boston has a much better record without Kyrie than the Nets have with him.
That wasn’t going to stop the TD Garden crowds from booing Kyrie. Former Celtic Paul Pierce predicted that Irving would receive the most jeering in the history of the Garden when he returned for the Wednesday night match. However, Irving has instead side-stepped this particular return as a shoulder injury has sidelined him for the entirety of the Nets’ upcoming road trip, per The Boston Globe.
Should we believe he is actually hurt? Or does he just want to avoid getting booed by the Celtics fans? It’s probably the former, but you never know. He might just have thin skin.
The next chance for the Celtics fans to boo Irving will come on March 3. It’s a long way away, but it leaves plenty of time to practice.
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