Kyrie Irving’s injury woes continue as the Brooklyn Nets point guard is ruled out for Wednesday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets.
According to the NBA’s injury report, Kyrie Irving‘s return to the court will have to wait. The superstar point guard is listed as out and will miss the Brooklyn Nets‘ tilt with the Charlotte Hornets. This will mark the 13th consecutive game Irving will miss with a right shoulder impingement.
Through 11 games, Irving is averaging 28.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 7.2 assists per game, all of which would be career-highs for the All-NBA guard.
The Nets are 9-3 without Irving due in large part to the All-Star caliber play from Spencer Dinwiddie. While the crafty point guard is used to being a sixth-man type, he’s taken to a starting role with ease.
Since entering the starting lineup, Dinwiddie is averaging 23.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 7.6 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. His downhill heroics at the end of Sunday’s win over the Denver Nuggets show exactly what he can do when he’s firing on all cylinders. His clutch drives to the baskets helped the Nets secure their best win of the season over a Western Conference contender.
In addition to Irving, the Nets are missing Caris LeVert who recently underwent surgery, Kevin Durant who will likely miss the entire season, the suspended Wilson Chandler, and Nicolas Claxton who is dealing with left hamstring soreness.
Moreover, super-sub Iman Shumpert is doubtful with left knee soreness. If Shumpert can’t play, look for head coach Kenny Atkinson to rely on the defensive-minded David Nwaba off the bench.
Brooklyn hosts Charlotte at the Barclays Center in what will be their third of four matchups this season. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. The Nets will look to win their fourth-straight and 10th in 13 tries.