Nets’ Kyrie Irving Won’t Play Sunday Against Heat

All-Star Point Guard Will Miss His Ninth Straight Game

Brandon Contes
November 29, 2019 - 6:27 pm

Kyrie Irving’s first season with the Nets started with a bang, scoring 50 points in their home opener, but now the All-Star point guard is set to miss his ninth straight game.

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According to WFAN's Anthony Puccio, after beating the Celtics Friday afternoon, Nets coach Kenny Atkinson told reporters Irving will not return for their Sunday matchup against the Miami Heat. On the bright side, Irving has increased his practice work as he continues to try and return from a shoulder impingement.

"First thing about Kyrie, he started on-court work, which is a real positive sign for us," Atkinson said. "He will be out for Miami. And then we'll see how it progresses. The fact that he started the on-court work is good news for us. Out for Miami and then we'll see going forward."

The Nets signed Irving to a four-year $142 million contract during the offseason, expecting him to be an important part of their future, but the 27-year old has dealt with a multitude of injuries throughout his career. Now in his ninth NBA season, the point guard has played more than 70 games just three times. Even during his one college season at Duke, Irving was limited to only 11 games.

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A six-time All-Star, Irving was averaging 28.5 points per game before getting sidelined by his shoulder injury.

Without Irving, the Nets have relied on Spencer Dinwiddie, who’s averaging 22 points per game in their last 10 contests. Dinwiddie helped lead the Nets to victory Friday afternoon against the Celtics with a game-high 32 points and 11 assists. The 26-year old guard has also contributed strong defense, holding Kemba Walker to just 17 points.

The Nets are now 10-9 on the season and 6-2 without Kyrie after splitting their home-and-home series with the Celtics.