The Dallas Mavericks have not trailed in their first two games with Kyrie Irving. The 30-year-old superstar arrived in a blockbuster trade, and he has given the team a lift. Dallas is playing fantastically, and they have won three straight games entering Saturday’s game in Sacramento.
The Mavs defeated the Kings on Friday night behind a 25-point double-double from Irving. He has solved the team’s fourth-quarter and late-game free throws woes, but fans are still waiting for Kyrie and Luka to play together. Doncic has missed four consecutive games with a heel injury.
The wait appears to be over as Luka is expected to play on Saturday night against the Kings in Sacramento. Will Irving play on the second night of a back-to-back? Here is a look at the latest.
Will Kyrie Irving play in Dallas Mavericks at Sacramento Kings on Feb. 11?
Kyrie played in both ends of back-to-backs with the Brooklyn Nets, and head coach Jason Kidd played him 35 minutes on Friday night. That is a normal workload for Irving, so there should not be an extra concern. It appears he will play on Saturday night, but be sure to check back closer to tipoff for a definitive update.
Dallas Mavericks' full injury report at Sacramento Kings on Feb. 11
Luka Doncic is expected to return, and he is listed as probable on the team's mid-afternoon injury update. Maxi Kleber (hamstring) and Davis Bertans (calf) are out for at least two more weeks. Will the Mavs decide to rest anyone else on the second night of a back-to-back? Stay tuned for the latest.
The Kings were healthy heading into Friday’s game, but they could choose to rest players in the second meeting. Keep your eyes peeled for updates throughout the day.
Kyrie Irving's injury history
Irving has been healthy this season. He has not played in 13 games, but eight of those were because of a suspension. The eight-time All-Star is playing for a massive contract in the offseason, so he has about $200 million reasons to take the court and shine down the stretch.
When will Kyrie Irving play with Luka Doncic for the first time?
Luka and Kyrie should be on the court together for the first time with the Mavericks on Feb. 11. It is just the first game for their partnership, so temper expectations. Still, the Mavs should be favored heading into the contest. A win puts them in a tie with the Kings in the standings and gives Dallas an important tiebreaker for playoff seeding.
Dallas Mavericks' next 5 opponents
The Mavs have just two games remaining before the All-Star break after tonight. Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving will both start in Salt Lake City on Feb. 19 as the NBA showcases its top talent.
Dallas has six straight home games after the break with the first three coming against inferior opponents. Can the Mavericks close the pre-All-Star break period strong and pick up where they left off following the break? Here are their next five games after Saturday night.
Monday, Feb. 13 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves at 7:30 p.m. CT
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