The Dallas Mavericks acquired Kyrie Irving from the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday afternoon in a blockbuster trade. Dallas now has their second star next to Luka Doncic, and no team is looking forward to facing the Mavs.
It has been a crazy few days for Irving. He requested a trade out of Brooklyn on Friday before being dealt to Dallas on Sunday. He took his physical in Texas before heading to Los Angeles to meet the team on their road trip. Irving mentioned he was “tired” during his introductory press conference, and that is understandable given all that has happened in the last six days.
Will Irving debut with the team on Wednesday night in LA? Luka Doncic is out with a heel injury, but when can fans expect the new superstar duo to play together? Here is a look at the latest.
Will Kyrie Irving play in Dallas Mavericks at LA Clippers on Feb. 8
Irving is healthy and ready for his debut on Wednesday night. The Mavs need to defeat the rival Clippers, and it will be a cannot miss contest that is nationally televised on ESPN.
Dallas Mavericks' full injury report at LA Clippers on Feb. 8
The Mavericks will be without Luka Doncic (heel), Maxi Kleber (hamstring), and Davis Bertans (calf) in Wednesday’s game against the Clippers. Kleber and Bertans are out through the All-Star break with their injuries.
John Wall will miss the contest for LA with abdominal soreness. The veteran guard has likely played his last game for the Clippers, and he is a buyout candidate if he is not traded before Thursday’s deadline.
Kyrie Irving's injury history
Irving has missed 13 games this season, but eight of those were because of a suspension and the last two were forced by the trade. Kyrie has been healthy this season and playing some of the best basketball of his career. Can he keep that up in Dallas? Stay tuned to find out.
When will Kyrie Irving play with Luka Doncic for the first time?
Luka Doncic joined his teammates in Los Angeles, and he should return shortly. The Mavericks have a back-to-back on Friday and Saturday in Sacramento, and the team remains hopeful that number 77 will play in one of those two games. If the Mavs superstar misses both games, their superstar duo could debut at the American Airlines Center on Feb. 13.
Dallas Mavericks' next 5 opponents
The Mavs have a difficult five-game stretch before the All-Star break that features four road tilts and five matchups against Western Conference playoff hopefuls. Dallas will need Kyrie Irving to hit the ground running if they are going to remain in the top six at the break.
Here is a look at the team’s next five contests after Wednesday’s showdown with the Clippers, including the first game after the All-Star break.
Friday, Feb. 10 at Sacramento Kings at 9:00 p.m. CT
Saturday, Feb. 11 at Sacramento Kings at 9:00 p.m. CT
Monday, Feb. 13 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves at 7:30 p.m. CT
Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Denver Nuggets at 8:00 p.m. CT
Thursday, Feb. 23 vs. San Antonio Spurs at 7:30 p.m. CT