The NBA’s All-Star break is nearing conclusion, with teams resuming regular season play on Thursday. Included in Thursday’s slate of games are the Philadelphia 76ers, who will play host to the Brooklyn Nets in South Philly. One member of the Nets who may not be in uniform is Kyrie Irving. According to ESPN’s Malika Andrews, Irving has aggravated his right shoulder — the same shoulder that caused him to miss 26 games already this season.
Kyrie Irving, who was not at practice today, has re-aggregated the right shoulder that caused him to miss 26 games earlier this season, Kenny Atkinson said. He is going to see a specialist this week.— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) February 18, 2020
Andrews followed up her above tweet with the following, quoting Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson:
Kenny Atkinson said he “wouldn’t go there” when asked if there’s a concern Irving will miss the rest of the season. Right now, the plan is that he will see a specialist and go from there. Atkinson said the shoulder has been continuously bothering Irving.— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) February 18, 2020
Grim news for the Brooklyn Nets. For the Sixers, this probably means they will not have to worry about defending Irving when they get back on the court on Thursday. Irving also missed the Nets’ final five games before the All-Star break and it would be quite the expedient turn around to go from seeing a specialist for a season-long injury to being 100% in the next 48 hours.
The Sixers tip-off against the Brooklyn Nets at 8:00 pm Thursday evening on TNT.