Kyrie Irving was disfellowshipped on health and safety protocols for propping up Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday night against Milwaukee. It is the seventh game in a row that Irving has missed for Brooklyn and that goes back to the January 5th win over Utah.
While Irving released his NBA-mandated five-day contact tracing quarantine on Saturday, the time out of court caused the nets to give him time to update himself. It is believed that Irving trained with the reserves – Brooklyn’s so-called Stay Ready group – on Sunday and will continue to improve his stamina.
After James Harden made his first 30-point triple double debut with a on Saturday Team dropped in NBA history, the newly-acquired star said if Irving comes back it will be « scary hours ». That’ll have to wait at least 48 hours.
The earliest Irving to join Harden and Kevin Durant in Brooklyn’s Big 3 is Wednesday in Cleveland. The nets also play in the Cavs on Friday.
Irving’s Game 7 winner in the 2016 NBA final is arguably the most iconic shot of the last decade. But after asking from Cleveland about being transferred to Boston in the summer of 2017, the Star Point Guard only returned to play there once: on the opening night of the 2017-18 campaign.
The game on Monday night still offers the most likely preview of the Eastern Conference final. Harden saw loads of Bucks defensive ace Jrue Holiday while Durant – fresh from a 42-point game and quickly back in MVP form – saw both Khris Middleton and twice reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.
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