Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is expected to make his season debut Wednesday on the road against the Indiana Pacers, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. After missing the Nets’ first 35 games of the season, Irving has targeted Wednesday for his return.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 3, 2022
Irving has yet to play for the Nets this season due to his decision not to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
While Irving could have played in most of the Nets’ road contests so far, the team initially opted against using him in a part-time capacity. Recently, the Nets changed that stance, though Irving tested positive for the virus last month.
The Nets currently have the second-best record in the Eastern Conference at 23-11, so Irving’s absence hasn’t hurt them too much. How much better they do with him in action will apparently start becoming clearer on Wednesday night.