The Nets will be without Kevin Durant, who’ll miss his eighth straight game due to a left hamstring strain, but Kyrie Irving was not listed on the team's status report Sunday for Monday’s game against the Spurs.
Irving, who missed Saturday’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks due to right shoulder “maintenance,” is available for the Nets. Rachel Nichols reported after the loss to the Mavs that Sean Marks told her Irving’s shoulder started to show some fatigue the past few days.
Reporting on Kyrie Irving, who was an unexpected scratch tonight for Nets-Mavs. Brooklyn GM Sean Marks told me Kyrie started feeling fatigue in his shoulder after his last game, then a little more after a light practice yesterday. Same shoulder Kyrie had surgery on last year. pic.twitter.com/Jwwn6im6wD— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) February 28, 2021
Prior to Saturday’s loss, Steve Nash said Brooklyn will take “necessary precautions” on Irving’s shoulder, which is the same shoulder the Nets All-Star had surgery on back in February of 2020. Nash said he expected Irving to play Monday against the Spurs but noted that if he did miss Monday’s game, the injury won’t linger into the All-Star break.
“I think it’s maintenance. He knows his body. He discussed it with us and he has a history with that shoulder,” Nash said. “We’re just taking the necessary precautions to keep up the maintenance with that shoulder, but I don’t think it’s anything more than that so I’d expect him to play next game, and if not, I don’t think this is a thing that’ll linger into the All-Star break.”
Other than Irving, the Nets listed Jeff Green (right shoulder contusion) and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (right knee soreness) as “questionable” for Monday’s game. Both Green and Luwawu-Cabarrot played for the Nets Saturday.
Tyler Johnson, who was a late-game scratch due to a migraine, was listed as “probable” against the Spurs. Johnson has been a key rotation piece for the Nets backcourt, providing valuable defense and shooting on the offensive end.
If the Nets were to again rule Irving and Johnson out of Monday’s game, we can expect Landry Shamet, who progressively continues to shoot better, and Chris Chiozza, the Nets two-way guard, to see increased minutes in the short-handed backcourt.