Kyrie Irving Will Miss Knicks, Cavaliers, Celtics Games with Shoulder Injury

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistNovember 23, 2019

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 14: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on during the game against the Denver Nuggets on November 14, 2019 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving's ailing shoulder will keep him out for the team's upcoming road trip.

Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Irving won't play in at least the next three games following an evaluation Friday by Nets doctors.

That stretch includes games against the New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics.

The Nets have leaned heavily on Irving this season. They are 7-8, good for just fourth place in the Atlantic Division but seventh in the Eastern Conference.

Irving has already missed Brooklyn's last four games with a right shoulder impingement. The Nets were playing short-handed before the six-time All-Star guard went down with Caris LeVert expected to be out until at least mid-December after he had surgery to repair torn ligaments in his thumb.

Irving has been the driving force for the Nets offense, averaging career highs of 28.5 points and 7.2 assists per game.

Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson can deploy Spencer Dinwiddie as his primary point guard until Irving returns.

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