Brooklyn Nets star point guard Kyrie Irving is now ruled out for the rest of the season. Irving will undergo surgery to help fix his injured shoulder. Irving’s injury is the same shoulder issue that occurred earlier in the season.
Irving had already missed a significant portion of this year with the same injury. In addition, Nets coach Kenny Atkinson announced earlier that Irving would sit out after reaggravating the injury.
Irving sat out a stretch from November 16 to January 10 with this injury. Since his return, Irving played in nine games. Irving’s injury came at a very unfortunate time. In those games, Irving was averaging 5.5 assists and shooting 53 percent from the field and an eye-popping 49 percent from the three.
Needless to say, Irving’s game is important to this team. With 29 games left in the season, the Nets are sitting at the seventh seed. They are two games ahead of the eighth-seeded Orlando Magic.
So, moving forward without their star the Nets will need to ready up and make a push into the playoffs.
In addition to the 26 games, Irving has missed with his shoulder injury he has also missed several other games, including one after Kobe Bryant’s death and five games before the All-Star break with a sprained knee.
Aside from Irving’s injury, the Nets are also waiting on the return of superstar Kevin Durant who is also out for the season with an Achilles injury.
With both of their stars out the Nets will probably not make it past the first round of the playoffs. The Nets will have to play either the Raptors or the Celtics who, so far, are surging in their past ten games. However, the new-look Nets should be prepared to make a playoff run next season.