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KYRIE IRVING TO UNDERGO SURGERY, OUT FOR SEASON

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Kyrie Irving will undergo arthroscopic surgery to correct the shoulder issue that’s caused him to miss 27 games this season, including tonight’s road game in Philly. He is out for the season.

Shams was first to report that Irving is likely to undergo the surgery ... and miss the remainder of the season.

Sean Marks addressed reporters in Philadelphia at 6 p.m. and provided the bad news.

Marks also reiterated that Kevin Durant will not return this season.

Marks noted that Irving should be ready for the Nets summer workouts.

“Kyrie’s obviously upset about this and we’re here to support him ... he saw specialists including our own people at HSS and it’s been a group consensus.”

Post-game, Spencer Dinwiddie said he believes the Nets have enough to move forward, make the playoffs.

“We have the talent to still be a good team, still make the playoffs, and to your point, do special things. It’s just all about coming together, being cohesive, and pushing forward,” said Dinwiddie.

Caris LeVert agreed and added that the team is also concerned about him as an individual.

“Obviously, we feel bad for him. He wants to be out here with us. That’s first and foremost. He definitely worked extremely hard to come back. It’s just a series of unfortunate things that happened with him,” he said. “So, we just have a next-man-up mentality right now and try to finish out this season the right way. We all know we’re trying to get to the playoffs, so that’s in our sights right now.”

The Nets currently hold the seventh seed in the upcoming playoffs and are on a three-game winning streak, having ended the Raptors 15-game winning streak a week ago. They are five games ahead of the ninth seed Wizards with 29 games to go.

Irving had a cortisone shot on December 24 and he returned to action, averaging 27.9 points, 5.6 assists and 5.0 rebounds in January. Then, on February 1, he injured his right knee and has been out since.

The cortisone shot in December was seen as a one-time attempt at resolving the issue. It didn’t and on Tuesday, the Nets announced he would see a specialist this week.

“You either continue to get cortisone shots, which is obviously detrimental to your health and your muscles, or you go get arthroscopic surgery,” Irving said in December. “For me, it’s just about being able to go back out there after the right amount of rehab, the right amount of rest and recovery and see what we can do for the rest of the season and then reevaluate after a few months.”

For the season, Irving played 20 games, averaging 27.4 points, 6.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds with a 47/39/88 shooting line. In the 20 games he played, the Nets went 8-12 with him. Without him, they are 17-17 so far.

Bobby Marks noted Irving’s final salary numbers...

Expect Irving to go under the knife in the next couple of days. He was not with the team Thursday night.