The Dallas Mavericks started the fire sale in Brooklyn by acquiring Kyrie Irving in a blockbuster trade. The Nets were playing well and had worked their way into fourth in the Eastern Conference, but Kyrie demanding a trade opened the floodgates.
Kevin Durant requested a trade in the offseason, but Brooklyn could not find a deal to their liking, so KD returned. After Irving was traded, Durant wanted out again. The Nets landed a massive haul from the Suns for the 13-time All-Star as Phoenix jumped back into title contention after an up and down start.
With both Durant and Kyrie in new places, when will the former duo play against each other? Here is a look at the dates and perhaps the spicy outcome for the postseason.
When will Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant play against each other this season?
Kyrie Irving made his Mavericks debut already, but Durant’s first game with the Suns will have to wait. He is currently out with a leg injury, and the 6’10 forward is not expected to return until after the All-Star Break. Irving and Durant were both supposed to start this year’s All-Star game, but KD’s injury will prevent him from playing.
The Mavericks host the Suns on March 5 at 12:00 p.m. CT in an ABC nationally televised showdown.
That will be a massive game given the history between the two teams and now the new storylines. Phoenix had the best regular season record in the NBA last year before being knocked out by Luka Doncic and the Mavs in the second round of the playoffs. Now, one team has KD and the other Kyrie. It will be a massive game on March 5 with plenty of buzz.
Irving and Durant remain close friends, but they would like nothing more than to get one up on their former teammate. Expect both players to go off in an important game in the standings. Both teams have a 30-26 record on Feb. 9, and Dallas has won two of the first three meetings. The Mavericks can secure an important tiebreaker with a win over Phoenix, but it won’t be easy.
The two sides could again face off in the playoffs. The additions of Durant and Irving have both sides thinking championship, so a postseason showdown is not out of the question. It would be a massive series, and fans can already think of all the juicy storylines.
Will they face off in the playoffs? Stay tuned to see how the race shakes out, and do not miss the showdown between Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant on March 5 at the American Airlines Center.