The injury was not serious, and Kyrie put on a show in the All-Star Game. He dropped a Mavericks team-record 32 points with 15 assists and seven dimes for Team LeBron in a loss. James used his second pick on Irving, and the 30-year-old point guard did not disappoint.
Will Kyrie play as the Mavs return from the All-Star break on Feb. 23 to face the San Antonio Spurs? Should fans be worried about the back injury that kept him out before the break? Here is a look at the latest.
Will Kyrie Irving play in Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs on Feb 23?
Irving is a full-go on Thursday night. The Mavericks practiced on Wednesday, and he was a full participant. Expect Kyrie to play his normal workload on Feb. 23, and he will be eager to put on a show against the rebuilding Spurs.
Dallas Mavericks' full injury report vs. San Antonio Spurs on Feb 23
Maxi Kleber (hamstring) and Davis Bertans (calf) are out for the Mavs, but they are the only two players on the injury report. Tim Hardaway Jr. is set to return after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury. Kleber practiced on Wednesday, but he needs more time to ramp up after his hamstring surgery.
The Spurs are down five players on Thursday night, including Devin Vassell. That does not include Tre Jones, who is listed as doubtful, and Jeremy Sochan, who is questionable with a quad injury. San Antonio will be shorthanded at the American Airlines Center on Feb. 23.
Kyrie Irving's injury history
Kyrie’s back injury is a thing of the past, and it is nothing to worry about moving forward. He has missed 14 games this season, but eight of those were because of a suspension. Irving wants a max contract this offseason, and he has every reason to play well down the stretch. Expect him to be in the lineup and producing at an elite level.
Will Kyrie Irving pair with Luka Doncic tonight?
Luka Doncic is fully healthy and ready for Thursday’s game. It will be just the third time the Mavericks' new superstar duo has played together, and they are hoping to get their first win. Expect both stars to shine on Feb. 23.
Dallas Mavericks' next 5 opponents
The Mavs start a six-game homestand on Thursday night that will define their season. They only have 22 games remaining before the playoffs, and Dallas needs to make a move now. The Mavericks have been much better at home this season, and they have just six more games at the American Airlines Center after the first six to open the post-All-Star break.
Here is a look at their next five contests after Thursday night.
Sunday, Feb. 26 vs. Los Angeles Lakers at 2:30 p.m. CT
Tuesday, Feb. 28 vs. Indiana Pacers at 7:30 p.m. CT
Thursday, March 2 vs. Philadelphia 76ers at 6:30 p.m. CT
Sunday, March 5 vs. Phoenix Suns at 12:00 p.m. CT
Tuesday, March 7 vs. Utah Jazz at 7:30 p.m. CT