Dallas Mavericks star Kyrie Irving missed practice on Friday afternoon for personal reasons, but he popped up on the injury report with right foot soreness. Head coach Jason Kidd was hopeful that Irving would join the team in Memphis for an important showdown with the Grizzlies, and he was at shootaround on Saturday afternoon. Kyrie was at a funeral on Friday and suffered the foot injury in Wednesday's loss.
Both teams are shorthanded on March 11. Mavs superstar Luka Doncic was ruled out with a thigh injury that he aggravated in Wednesday’s loss to the Pelicans. Ja Morant is one of seven players sidelined for the Grizzlies in this contest.
Will Kyrie play on Saturday night in Memphis? Here is a look at the latest injury report for both teams before diving into what is ahead.
Will Kyrie Irving play in Dallas Mavericks at Memphis Grizzlies on March 11?
Irving was listed as questionable with right foot soreness before being ruled out just 90 minutes before tipoff. Kyrie was in Memphis, but he was just not healthy enough to play.
Dallas Mavericks' full injury report at Memphis Grizzlies on March 11
Luka Doncic (thigh) and A.J. Lawson (G League) are listed as out for Saturday’s game, but Reggie Bullock (quad) and JaVale McGee (ankle) will play after being listed as probable.
The Grizzlies are without Ja Morant (not with team), Steven Adams (knee), Brandon Clarke (Achilles), and Vince Williams Jr. (shoulder) on March 11. Kennedy Chandler, Jake LaRavia, and Kenneth Lofton Jr. are listed as out because of G League assignment.
Kyrie Irving's injury history
Irving’s foot injury is something new. He has missed just one game since joining the Mavericks, and it was with a back injury. Irving is no stranger to missing games as he played in just 103 over three full seasons with the Nets, and fans should stay tuned for updates.
Will Kyrie Irving pair with Luka Doncic tonight?
Both superstars will miss Saturday’s game because of injuries. Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving are both officially out. Doncic did not make the trip to Memphis as he gets treatment on his thigh. Irving is in town for the game, but will not play.
Dallas Mavericks' next 5 opponents
The Mavericks are facing a difficult schedule with five of their next six games against teams fighting for playoff positioning in the Western Conference. The Grizzlies are tied with the Kings for second and just three games separate fifth and 12th. There is plenty to play for, and the Mavs need every victory. Dallas plays Memphis three times in the next six games as well.
Here is a closer look at the team’s next five games after Saturday night.
Monday, March 13 vs Memphis Grizzlies at 6:30 p.m. CT
Wednesday, March 15 at San Antonio Spurs at 7:30 p.m. CT
Friday, March 17 at Los Angeles Lakers at 9:30 p.m. CT
Monday, March 20 at Memphis Grizzlies at 7:00 p.m. CT
Wednesday, March 22 vs Golden State Warriors at 6:30 p.m. CT