Is Kyrie Irving playing tonight? Get the latest on his back injury
The Dallas Mavericks pulled off a blockbuster trade to make Kyrie Irving the team’s second star next to Luka Doncic. The 30-year-old gives the Mavs two of the best creators in the world, and their offense has been historic in their first two games together.
The Mavs have lost both games as the two stars attempt to maximize each other’s talents. Dallas is playing faster and adding new wrinkles that complement Irving’s skill set. Luka and Kyrie just need time on the court together to figure things out.
Irving will miss Wednesday’s game in Denver against the Nuggets after he popped up on the injury report midday with a back injury. Get the latest here.
Will Kyrie Irving play in Dallas Mavericks at Denver Nuggets on Feb. 15?
Irving had 36 points on Monday night, including 26 in the fourth quarter to help Dallas make a comeback. He appeared fully healthy, but the 30-year-old guard was put on the injury report on Wednesday afternoon with low back tightness. He was originally listed as probable before being downgraded to questionable and eventually out about 90 minutes before tipoff. Irving will miss his first game with the Mavericks on Feb. 15.
Dallas Mavericks' full injury report at Denver Nuggets on Feb. 15
Maxi Kleber (hamstring), Tim Hardaway Jr. (hamstring), and Davis Bertans (calf) join Irving in being ruled out for the Mavericks in their final game before the All-Star Break. Christian Wood was a game-time decision because of an illness before being ruled active just before tipoff.
The Nuggets will be without Jamal Murray (knee), Zeke Nnaji (shoulder), and Collin Gillespie (leg) on Feb. 15.
Kyrie Irving's injury history
Irving will miss his 14th game this season, but eight of them were because of a suspension. The eight-time All-Star wants a max contract in the offseason, so expect him to play well down the stretch and into the playoffs.
Will Kyrie Irving pair with Luka Doncic tonight?
Luka Doncic will play on Wednesday night in Denver, but Kyrie won't, so fans will only get a two-game sample with both stars before the All-Star break.
Doncic and Irving are both scheduled to start the All-Star game on Sunday, but fans will not know what teams they will be on until just before tipoff.
Dallas Mavericks' next 5 opponents
The Mavs have a six-game homestand after the All-Star break, including hosting the Phoenix Suns on March 5 in a cannot miss game. Here is a closer look at their next five games after Wednesday night.
Thursday, Feb. 23 vs. San Antonio Spurs at 7:30 p.m. CT
Sunday, Feb. 26 vs. Los Angeles Lakers at 2:30 p.m. CT
Tuesday, Feb. 28 vs. Indiana Pacers at 7:30 p.m. CT
Thursday, March 2 vs. Philadelphia 76ers at 6:30 p.m. CT
Sunday, March 5 vs. Phoenix Suns at 12:00 p.m. CT