Is Kyrie Irving playing tonight? Injury updates for Mavericks vs Hornets on March 24
By Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks star Kyrie Irving missed the team’s game on Wednesday night against Golden State after re-injuring his foot in Monday’s loss to the Grizzlies. The eight-time All-Star has now missed four of the last six games with this injury.
The Mavs host the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night in a must-win game. Charlotte is on the second night of a back-to-back and already eliminated from postseason contention. Dallas needs every win to qualify for the playoffs, and it has to start on March 24.
Will Kyrie return against the Hornets? Are the Mavericks going to be shorthanded on Friday night? Here is a closer look.
Will Kyrie Irving play in Dallas Mavericks vs Charlotte Hornets on March 24?
Kyrie was listed as questionable with right foot soreness, but he will play on Friday night. He missed just one game with foot soreness this time, but has sat in four of the team's last six games. It will be the first time Luka and Kyrie have both played since March 8.
Dallas Mavericks' full injury report vs Charlotte Hornets on March 24
Tim Hardaway Jr. was listed as questionable with a non-COVID illness before he was ruled out for the second straight game.
The Hornets did not release an official injury report because they are on the second night of a back-to-back, but LaMelo Ball will not play after suffering a season-ending injury.
Kyrie Irving's injury history
Irving has missed 18 games this season, but eight of those were because of a suspension during his time with the Nets. This foot injury is worrisome, and his status is worth watching closely.
Will Kyrie Irving pair with Luka Doncic tonight?
Doncic is off the injury report after his 30-point double-double against the Warriors on Wednesday night. The 24-year-old superstar will play on Friday night, and so will his co-star.
Dallas Mavericks' next 5 opponents
The Mavericks depart for a five-game road trip that kicks off in Charlotte against the Hornets on Sunday. The only two meetings between these two teams happen just days apart at the end of the season in an odd schedule quirk. Can Dallas find their stride over their east coast road trip?
Here is a glance at the Mavs' next five games after Friday night.
Sunday, March 26 at Charlotte Hornets at 12:00 p.m. CT
Monday, March 27 at Indiana Pacers at 6:00 p.m. CT
Wednesday, March 29 at Philadelphia 76ers at 6:30 p.m. CT
Saturday, April 1 at Miami Heat at 6:30 p.m. CT
Sunday, April 2 at Atlanta Hawks at 5:00 p.m. CT