Kyrie Irving will miss his fourth-straight game as the Brooklyn Nets host the surging Sacramento Kings on Friday night.
According to the NBA injury report, Kyrie Irving will be out again on Friday night with a shoulder impingement. The Brooklyn Nets are looking for their third win in four games but will have to fend off the Sacramento Kings, one of the hottest teams in the NBA.
Irving is putting up monster numbers for Brooklyn this season. His 28.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 7.2 assists per game are All-NBA caliber numbers.
However, his current shoulder injury is keeping him out longer than many initially expected. Brooklyn’s depth has been tested without Irving. Spencer Dinwiddie has stepped into the starting point guard job, but that move severely limits the offensive punch of the second unit.
It’s unclear when Irving will return to the court. Following their tilt with the Kings, the Nets have three big road games with major significance in regards to Irving.
Brooklyn travels across town to face the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden on Sunday, heads to Cleveland the following night for a matchup with the Cavaliers, but both those games pale in comparison to the final game of this road trip.
On Wednesday, the Nets will travel to Beantown for Irving’s first game against the Boston Celtics since he left for Brooklyn in free agency. The reaction from the Boston crowd is sure to be…lively?
Irving will likely receive the same kind of reception that Kristaps Porzingis experienced in MSG. That being said, if Irving’s current injury continues to plague him through next week, Celtics fans will have to wait to exact revenge on the superstar point guard.