Kyrie Irving has had a rough season, and unfortunately, it has just gotten rougher. According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, Irving has re-aggravated his injured right shoulder.
Kyrie Irving has re-aggravated his injured right shoulder that cost him 26 games and is out indefinitely again, Nets coach Kenny Atkinson confirmed today
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 18, 2020
Stein also said that Irving’s injury is a deterioration in the shoulder. Irving suffered the injury earlier in the season and received a cortisone shot on Dec. 24. Stein mentioned that Irving took the shot in hopes of avoiding surgery. However, Irving has been playing with on and off discomfort.
Malika Andrews of ESPN reported that Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson said that Irving plans to see a specialist regarding the injury.
Irving’s shoulder injury caused Irving to miss 26 games this season, and other injuries such as a separated knee have caused Irving to play only 20 games this season. His knee injury has caused him to be out since Feb.1.
Irving signed with the Nets earlier this year, with a four-year, $136.5 million deal. The Nets signed him, alongside Kevin Durant, in hopes of becoming not only one of the top teams of the East but a contender as well. He averages 27.4 points, 6.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game in the 20 games that he’s played.
The Nets are currently seventh in the Eastern Conference with a record of 25-28. They are seventh in the East, and could potentially make the playoffs. If players such as Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert play well, there is a chance that they make it.
The NBA season resumes on Thursday, and the Nets face the Philadelphia 76ers on the road.
By the end of the season, the Nets could be a playoff team. However, it may have to be without Irving.
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