Is Kyrie Irving playing tonight? Latest updates for Mavericks vs Timberwolves
The Dallas Mavericks return home for their first game since making the blockbuster trade to acquire Kyrie Irving as they face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. The 30-year-old point guard has played three games with the Mavericks, and fans have seen his incredible talent, but it will be exciting to watch him at the American Airlines Center.
Irving is looking forward to his home debut and the reception from the fans, so head out to the arena on Monday night and cheer him on. It is another key game for the Mavericks that will determine the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Timberwolves after they split the first two meetings this season.
Dallas and Minnesota are separated by just 1.5 games in the standings, and the Timberwolves are looking to get out of the play-in tournament. A win over the Mavericks on Monday night would help, but Kyrie and Luka Doncic figure to have plenty to say about that. Will both superstars play? Here is a closer look at all the latest injury updates heading into the Feb. 13 showdown.
Will Kyrie Irving play in Dallas Mavericks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves on Feb. 13?
Irving will suit up for his home debut on Monday night. He is not on the injury report, and the 30-year-old point guard looks fully healthy as he continues to find his role on his new team.
Dallas Mavericks' full injury report vs. Minnesota Timberwolves on Feb. 13
Tim Hardaway Jr. suffered a hamstring injury in Saturday’s game against the Kings and was unable to return. He is listed as questionable on the NBA’s official injury report before being ruled out just over two hours before tipoff. Davis Bertans (calf) and Maxi Kleber (hamstring) will not play until after the All-Star break for Dallas.
Rudy Gobert (calf) and Kyle Anderson (back) are listed as questionable for Minnesota. Stay tuned for updates closer to tipoff as both players could be trending towards being game-time decisions. Karl-Anthony Town remains out with a calf injury that has cost him nearly three months of action.
Kyrie Irving's injury history
Irving has 200 million reasons to finish this strong as he heads into unrestricted free agency. He played in just 143 of 271 possible regular season games in his three-plus seasons with the Brooklyn Nets, which is why they did not want to give him a max contract extension. Kyrie needs to prove he can stay on the court and contribute to a contending team if he wants to get paid this offseason.
Will Kyrie Irving pair with Luka Doncic tonight?
Luka played on Saturday night after missing four consecutive games with a heel contusion, and he is not on the injury report ahead of Monday’s game. It will be the first home game for Doncic and Irving, and fans won’t want to miss it.
Dallas Mavericks' next 5 opponents
The Mavs have just one game left before the All-Star break after Monday night. They travel to Denver to face the Nuggets on Wednesday night in a marquee game against the West’s current top seed.
Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic will both start in Sunday’s All-Star game and spend the weekend in Salt Lake City. Expect Irving to go off and be in the running for his second All-Star Game MVP.
Here is a look at the Mavericks' next five games after facing the Timberwolves, including four after the break.
Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Denver Nuggets at 8:00 p.m. CT
Thursday, Feb. 23 vs. San Antonio Spurs at 7:30 p.m. CT
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