Will Kyrie Irving Play Tonight? Brooklyn Nets vs Minnesota Timberwolves: Injuries, Lineups, & Game Prediction

Published 03/29/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
Mar 11, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) shoots a three point shot in the third quarter against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports


Brooklyn Nets are maturing into a squad that is getting ever more dangerous with every passing week. In the last game, they defeated the Pistons 113-111 even as both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant sat out. On the other hand, the team sitting at the bottom of the league, the Timberwolves, are having a decent run post the ASG break.

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The Nets now hold a new weapon named LaMarcus Aldridge in their artillery. Plus, they’re just one win away from standing neck-to-neck alongside the 76ers on the EC table. These are reasons enough to scare off the Timberwolves who have enjoyed a 4-6 run in the last 10 games. 

Brooklyn Nets vs Minnesota Timberwolves: Injury updates and lineup predictions

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Nets’ Kevin Durant stands next to head coach Steve Nash after exiting a game against the Warriors at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

For the Nets, Kyrie Irving missed the last three games because of family matters, but he will most probably be back against the Wolves. Kevin Durant (hamstring) remains an obvious name on the injury list along with Spencer Dinwiddie. KD might make a comeback the following week, but it remains a distant possibility. Next up, they have Landry Shamet (ankle) out for this entire week.

Probable starting lineup – Joe Harris (F), Jeff Green (F), DeAndre Jordan (C), James Harden (G), and Kyrie Irving (G)

For the Wolves, D’Angelo Russell (Knee) is still listed out. The new addition to the list is short forward Josh Okogie, who will miss out Monday night because of Covid protocols.

Probable starting lineup – Jaden McDaniels (F), Anthony Edwards (F), Karl-Anthony Towns (C), Malik Beasley (G), and Ricky Rubio (G)

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Who wins?

Timberwolves’ Anthony Edwards throws a pass beside Cavaliers’ Taurean Prince at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

For the Wolves, their ROTY prospect Anthony Edwards is carrying lots of load on his young shoulders. He is averaging 17 points, 4.3 rebs, 2.5 assists, and 1 steal per game even as his efficiency from the field is struggling.

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They have another high-scoring duo in Malik Beasley and Karl-Anthony, who can combine 40+ points per night, but nothing that can save from their defensive woes. 

The Nets, even without KD or Ky, are good enough to defeat a team like Damian Lillard’s Blazers. Even as LaMarcus might not debut against the Wolves, the Nets are dangerous with Joe Harris’ shooting and the all-around capability of James Harden.

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So in this game where the league toppers face the league losers, the choice is simple, the Nets. In fact, one can expect a one-sided outing with Ky back in the squad.

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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