NBA News - Irving Set To Join Nets Against Clippers

Jake Cooper - 20 Dec 2021

With the Brooklyn Nets about to play the LA Clippers on Dec. 28 at LA’s Staples Center, interesting times in NBA news mean it’s a game promising an altogether different dynamic than one seen in recent times because of the imminent return to away-games for Kyrie Irving.

While the Nets previously ruled the guard would not be able to play at all because of his refusal to be vaccinated, they decided late last week that Irving will be making a comeback for playing in road games. He’ll still not be permitted to play at home because of New York’s vaccination mandates.

The Nets are particularly worried about the heavy workload placed on Kevin Durant because of the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Also adding to their worries had been a state of severe shorthandedness due to seven players being declared unavailable because of the league’s health and safety protocols.

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Nets In Need Of Hands

Despite currently leading the Eastern Conference with a 21-8 record, NBA news fans know that the Nets are desperately in need of healthy players cleared to compete. Currently entered into the league’s protocols are DeAndre Bembry, James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge, Bruce Brown, James Johnson, Paul Millsap, and Jevon Carter.

The mass exit has forced Durant to have to play far more minutes than coach Steve Nash would have liked him to. According to Nash, he badly wants to give Durant a well-deserved break.

Chances are the Nets will be facing some backlash for bringing Irving back after the song and dance made of the issue earlier on. But with James Harden continuing to battle a hamstring injury sustained in June, Brooklyn simply hasn’t been able to come even close to the offence we saw during last season.

With Or Without Leonard

For the Clippers, theirs has been a story of suffering the consequences of an incomplete squad most season long.

But despite several injury-related casualties, including most recently the side-lining of Nicolas Batum and Paul George, the Clippers have managed to hold things together and not fall apart.

With five of their last seven games won, and the most recent three of those wins nabbed without the leadership of George, they’ve shown themselves a force to be reckoned with. And as NBA news has shown, all of that without Kawhi Leonard.

But even with Leonard out the equation, the Clippers will need to play with enormous consistency if they’re to secure a spot in the Playoffs. Only in such an event can they allow themselves the luxury of dreaming about a championship.

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