Dallas Mavericks star Kyrie Irving was a full participant in practice on Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles, and he appears to b making progress with his right foot injury that has cost him three straight games. Will he be ready to face the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night?
It is a massive showdown, and the Mavericks ruled out Luka Doncic over 24 hours before tipoff. The 24-year-old superstar will miss his fourth straight game with a thigh injury, but he too practiced on Thursday. Dallas is one game up on the Lakers in the standings and both are currently in the Play-In Tournament. The Mavs can secure the season series and a virtual three-game edge on the Lakers with 11 to go with a victory on Friday night.
Doncic is out, so who steps up in Los Angeles? Here is a look at Kyrie’s status and what to expect on March 17 before taking a glance at what is ahead for Dallas.
Will Kyrie Irving play in Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs on March 15?
Irving was listed as questionable, but he will play on March 17. He has not played since March 8, and the 6'2 guard will return after missing three straight games.
Dallas Mavericks' full injury report at San Antonio Spurs on March 15
Luka Doncic is out with a thigh injury, and he will be joined on the sidelines by Markieff Morris, who has a knee injury. Tim Hardaway Jr. (calf) was questionable, but will play on Friday night. JaVale McGee (ankle) is a game-time decision.
LeBron James is out with a foot injury, and he is joined on the sidelines by Mo Bamba, who has a sprained ankle. Anthony Davis is probable and plans to play through a foot injury.
Kyrie Irving's injury history
Irving has missed 17 of his 68 possible games played this season. Eight of those were because of a suspension, but still Irving continues to struggle with injuries. He has missed four of his 15 with the Mavs, including three straight heading into Friday’s game with right foot soreness.
Will Kyrie Irving pair with Luka Doncic tonight?
Luka Doncic remains out with a thigh injury, but he also returned to practice on Thursday. There is hope that number 77 can play on Monday night in Memphis against the Grizzlies, but stay tuned for updates as they become available.
Dallas Mavericks' next 5 opponents
The Mavericks have three straight games against teams fighting for playoff positioning in the Western Conference before facing three teams projected to be in the lottery in the Eastern Conference. Every game is massive because the standings are jam-packed in the West, so Dallas has to get healthy and find a way to win.
Here is a closer look at their next five games after Friday’s showdown against Lakers without LeBron.
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
Friday, March 24 vs Charlotte Hornets at 7:30 p.m. CT
Sunday, March 26 at Charlotte Hornets at 12:00 p.m. CT
Monday, March 27 at Indiana Pacers at 6:00 p.m. CT