Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving is expected to hit the courts after being out for nearly two months.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that Irving could feature when the Nets play Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.
Kyrie Irving is likely to make his return to the Nets lineup on Sunday against Atlanta, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 11, 2020
After having come into the Nets line-up from Boston Celtics during the pre-season, Irving soon found himself injured. He first suffered a shoulder injury during a game against Utah Jazz I=in November. He returned to play their next game against Denver Nuggets, but is yet to play since then.
“We just see where we end up in the next few days,” the six-time NBA All-Star had said as per ESPN.
He had not set any date for his return but talked about making a return within a week.
“Hopefully I get some game reps in addition to practice probably in the next week or so,” he said. “It could be less than that, but I’ll give myself a week.”
He is now listed as probable for the game against Hawks on Sunday.
The Nets in absence of Kyrie Irving
The Nets, on contrary to many beliefs, managed to put up a few good performances immediately after Irving’s injury. However, they slipped down, especially against the top teams. They have a 4-8 record playing without Kyrie against teams with above 0.500. They have a 50% record winning 13 and losing 13 in the absence of Kyrie Irving.
Over their next six fixtures, the Nets play the Philadelphia 76ers twice on either side of a game against Milwaukee Bucks. They also play Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz. Sunday’s game against Atlanta Hawks is the only fixture where they face a below 0.500 opponent over their next six games.