Kendrick Perkins Accuses Kyrie Irving of Planning Injury for Nets' Games vs Celtics and Cavaliers

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The timing of Kyrie Irving's shoulder injury seems more and more suspect.

Kendrick Perkins did not hesitate to tell it how he sees it. Irving is set to miss reunion games with both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics on their home courts due to his ailing shoulder. Perkins took to Twitter to call out Kyrie, and he didn't hold back.

Perkins, a 14-year NBA veteran, including a championship in Boston, felt he had an insight into the mindset of Irving going into the matchup with the C's. He suggested that Irving effectively staged his injury to avoid a return to TD Garden, where his reception from fans was almost guaranteed to be nothing short of openly hostile.

Irving faced heavy criticism from Boston fans after leaving for Brooklyn in free agency, and now will be on the sideline in his first return to the city.

Despite the timing of the injury, Irving has missed games prior to this stretch with similar injuries, having only featured in 11 of Brooklyn's 15 games this season.

Irving won't be back in Boston until March at the earliest now, at which point Celtics fans will be able to tell him how they really feel about his tenure in Beantown.