Nets' Kyrie Irving To Miss Third Straight Game With Shoulder Injury

Alex Greenberg
November 19, 2019 - 6:12 pm

Concerns are starting to mount over Kyrie Irving’s health.

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Irving made a tremendous start to his first season with the Nets, but he has now missed the last two games due to a shoulder injury. Brooklyn’s next game is on Wednesday against the Hornets, and Irving has already been ruled out for that contest.

Head coach Kenny Atkinson broke the news when he spoke to the media on Tuesday. Atkinson added that Irving was unable to take part in any part of the team's most recent practice with an injury that the team is calling shoulder impingement.

Irving’s injury comes at a bad time for the struggling Nets. The team has lost four of its last five games, including the last two that have been played without Brooklyn’s star point guard. The lack of results have seen the Nets slide down towards the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.

 Nets guard Kyrie Irving attempts a pass against Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns Oct 23, 2019; Brooklyn, NY
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Injuries are always a concern, but they are especially concerning with Irving, who has had quite a few lengthy injury absences during his career. Still, those issues that Irving encountered during his time with the Cavaliers and the Celtics were primarily problems with his knees.

No matter what happens with Irving, Brooklyn’s complete new-look roster won’t have a chance to play together until next year, when Kevin Durant is expected to return from his ruptured Achilles. Expectations for this season were thus a bit muted despite the big signings of the offseason. If the Nets continue to struggle, they could even decide to shut Irving down and play for a high draft pick. 2020 is the focus for this franchise, not 2019.

Spencer Dinwiddie should continue to start while Irving remains sidelined. The 27-year-old point guard’s status is uncertain for after the Charlotte game.