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It wasn’t much of a surprise, but the Nets announced Friday night that Kyrie Irving, still suffering from shoulder impingement, will miss the team’s next three games vs. the Knicks, Cavaliers and Celtics, all road games.

After being evaluated this evening, it has been determined that Kyrie Irving will miss the team’s upcoming three-game road trip (NYK, CLE, BOS). He will be re-assessed once the team returns.

That will bring to seven Irving’s streak of missed games. The announcement did not provide any indication of when the Nets point guard will return. He’ll be evaluated again at the end of the road trip. The Nets will return home the night before Thanksgiving and play Boston at home a week from Friday.

Irving injured his shoulder vs. the Suns in Phoenix on November 10. He tried to play through the pain in Utah two days later before shutting it down vs. the Bulls in Chicago, the final game of the team’s west coast road trip. The Nets beat Chicago, lost to Indiana, then beat the Hornets and Kings back at home.

With Kevin Durant expected to be out for the season recovering from an Achilles rupture and Caris LeVert out another month following right thumb surgery, Irving’s injury has left the Nets with little margin for error.

The announcement will deprive Celtics fans of providing a Boston welcome in his first game since he decided to opt out of his contract and sign with the Nets.

And as Bobby Marks pointed out, the mounting absences could hurt Irving financially...

Irving was at Friday’s game vs. Sacramento but did not make an appearance courtside, instead opting for treatment at Barclays Center. After the win, Irving hugged Kenny Atkinson in the locker room. Recovering from a shoulder impingement normally involves oral anti-inflammatories and physical therapy but rest is viewed as paramount.