Dallas Mavericks star Kyrie Irving could be shut down for the remainder of the season at any moment. The team is pondering it because it is their best chance at keeping their top ten protected first-round draft pick. The Mavs currently have the tenth-worst record in the NBA and slim hopes of reaching the Play-In Tournament.
Dallas wraps up the regular season with a three-game homestand that begins on April 5 against the Sacramento Kings. The Kings won on Tuesday night and are virtually locked into the third seed in the Western Conference. Does that open the door for them to rest players in Dallas?
Will Kyrie play on Wednesday night against the Kings? Who is playing for the Mavericks? Get the latest here.
Will Kyrie Irving play in Dallas Mavericks vs. Sacramento Kings on April 5?
The Thunder losing on Tuesday night gave Dallas hope of reaching the Play-In Tournament. They are just 0.5 games behind, but OKC holds the tiebreaker. Kyrie will play on April 5 because the Mavs still have a shot at reaching the postseason. A loss against the Kings could end his season.
Dallas Mavericks' full injury report vs. Sacramento Kings on April 5
Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving were both listed as probable on the Mavs injury report, but both will play on April 5.
Matthew Dellavedova is out for Sacramento, but he is their only player on the official injury report.
Kyrie Irving's injury history
Irving has missed 18 games this season, but only ten because of injury. The other eight were a suspension during his time in Brooklyn. The eight-time All-Star has played through a foot injury in recent weeks, and he will keep pushing until the Mavs are eliminated from contention.
Will Kyrie Irving pair with Luka Doncic tonight?
Doncic made it clear that he plans to play for as long as the team’s postseason hopes are alive. Expect to see both superstars on the court on Wednesday night at the American Airlines Center.
Dallas Mavericks' remaining regular season schedule
The Mavs have just two games left facing the Kings. They host the Bulls and Spurs to wrap up their season, and both of those teams are locked into their position. Chicago is going to finish tenth in the Eastern Conference, and San Antonio has tied for the top odds at landing Victor Wembanyama in the lottery. That should open the door for Dallas to win out, but it will be easier said than done. Here is a look at the specifics for each contest.
Friday, April 7 vs. Chicago Bulls at 7:30 p.m. CT
Sunday, April 9 vs. San Antonio Spurs at 2:30 p.m. CT