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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

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Kyrie Irving reportedly likely to play Sunday

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Kyrie Irving finally appears ready to get back in action for the Brooklyn Nets.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Irving is likely to play Sunday against the Atlanta Hawks, marking his return to action after being sidelined for almost two months with a shoulder problem.

Irving’s mysterious shoulder injury has progressed enough that he can play through it, having recently returned to 5-on-5 practices. This would also appear to confirm that the Nets guard will not need shoulder surgery, at least not right now.

The big offseason acquisition has played just 11 times for the Nets this season, averaging 28.5 points and 7.2 assists in that brief period of action. The shoulder injury — deemed an impingement — initially didn’t seem serious, but the absences kept piling up with little explanation. With the Nets challenging for a playoff spot at 17-20, he’ll want to play the latter half of the season, hopefully improve their standing, and set things up for a successful run in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Kyrie Irving hopes to avoid surgery on injured shoulder

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Kyrie Irving’s ailing shoulder is still a major problem, so much so that the possibility of surgery has entered the equation.

The Brooklyn Nets guard said Saturday he is struggling to lift his shoulder and has opted for a cortisone shot in an attempt to avoid surgery. There remains no clear timetable for his return to action.

Irving has only played in 11 games this season, and last played on Nov. 14 due to what is being called a shoulder impingement. There was a clear hint of the severity of the injury in late December, when the guard was clearly behind an earlier timetable to return to practice.

While there’s still hope that Irving will return this season, there will come a point when a decision must be made based on whether he’s getting better or not. Surgery can’t be ruled out at this point, and that would likely put the rest of his season in danger if it goes that route.

Look: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving react to Nets losing to Knicks

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Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving chose to sign with the Brooklyn Nets over the New York Knicks in free agency because they both felt the Brooklyn squad was up-and-coming, and the current state of the organization was much better than the Knicks. Imagine their surprise then to see their team get beat badly Thursday by the same Knicks franchise the two avoided in free agency. It was not pretty.

Take a look at their faces during the third quarter:

The Knicks ended up winning 94-82 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Durant is still recovering from a torn Achilles tendon and has not played this season. Irving remains out with a shoulder injury and appears behind schedule with his rehab.

The Nets are now 16-14 this season, while the Knicks are 8-24.

Kyrie Irving appears behind schedule in recovery from shoulder injury

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Kyrie Irving has not played in a game since Nov. 14, and it does not appear that he’s on the verge of a return over a month later.

Irving has been sidelined with what the Nets are calling a right shoulder impingement. That injury has lingered, and on Monday, Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson revealed that Irving hasn’t even been cleared for contact yet. According to Ian Begley of SNY, the expectation was that would have happened by now.

It’s now been nearly two weeks since Atkinson suggested that Irving would begin to ramp up his involvement in practices. There is no return date, nor does there even appear to be a solid estimate. The fact that he hasn’t even been cleared for contact yet is both frustrating and worrisome, and suggests there is some truth to the thinking that the injury is not exactly a minor one.

Kyrie Irving’s shoulder issue more severe than it appears?

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The Brooklyn Nets may have a concerning situation on their hands with the health of Kyrie Irving.

Brian Lewis of the New York Post tweeted on Wednesday that he spoke with multiple NBA sources and orthopedic specialists to discuss Irving’s shoulder issue. The most optimistic of them expected the All-NBA guard to be out at least another week or two, while the most pessimistic indicated that there could be more to the injury than meets the eye, potentially leading to more issues down the road.

Irving, who has not played since mid-November and has missed the last nine games and counting, is dealing with what Brooklyn is officially calling “right shoulder impingement” and still is not cleared for contact. The No. 7-seeded Nets have gone 6-3 in his absence.

The six-time All-Star also has a troublesome history of chronic knee issues, so this is another thing to keep in mind with regard to his long-term health.

Kyrie Irving has started on-court work in return from shoulder injury

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The Brooklyn Nets have not given a timetable for Kyrie Irving’s return from a shoulder injury, but he does appear to be closer to a return.

The Nets guard has not played since November 14 after hurting his shoulder in a November 12 game. He’s already missed eight games in a row and is set to miss a ninth on Sunday. However, Nets coach Kenny Atkinson says Irving has begun on-court work, which is a positive sign.

Irving missed the Nets’ first two games against the Boston Celtics while out with his shoulder injury and therefore missed the two revenge games, including one in Boston where the fans still taunted him despite his absence.

Some may accuse Irving of faking the injury, but he wouldn’t be missing this many games if he were well.

Irving, who is in his first season with the Nets, is averaging 28.5 points per game.

Marcus Smart blasts media for Kyrie Irving questions

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The Boston Celtics recently faced the Brooklyn Nets for the first time since Kyrie Irving jumped ship, and their players been bombarded with a lot of questions about the point guard as the Celtics and Nets face off in consecutive games. That has not gone over well with Marcus Smart.

The Celtics guard criticized the media for questions about Irving after Friday’s game against the Nets, saying that it was “a slap to everybody on this team” to be forced to talk about a player who is no longer there.

Smart even includes Boston fans in his remarks, and he’s right that Irving is the main topic of conversation. Much of that is due to the circumstances that saw Irving leave. Irving told fans he was committed for the long haul, then alienated fans and teammates, and fleed to a division rival. That’s why the fan reaction was so hostile even though Irving didn’t even play in either game due to injury.

The good news for Smart is that this will probably be it for the Irving questions for a while. The two teams don’t face off again until March.