Unvaccinated guard Kyrie Irving will first be eligible to make his Nets season debut as a part-time participant on Wednesday at Indiana.
Coach Steve Nash wouldn’t decide to that date for the road-only Irving’s return to sport motion, however he mentioned the seven-time All-Star “seems to be nice, contemplating” and his comeback is “getting shut.”
Irving, who nonetheless shouldn’t be permitted to play video games in Brooklyn (or at Madison Sq. Backyard) because of New York Metropolis’s COVID-19 rules, rejoined the Nets in follow final week following a half-season of inaction and a December stint within the NBA’s well being and security protocols.
“He was in isolation for nonetheless many days, 10-plus days, I feel. For him to come back out of that and look nearly as good as he has enjoying with the keep prepared group and getting his rhythm again has been thrilling,” Nash mentioned of Irving before the Nets lost to the Clippers, 120-116, on Saturday evening. “We have now to provide him time to essentially get his ft below him however so far as how he seems to be, he seems to be very gifted.”
Requested if it’s now a matter of Irving telling the teaching and coaching staffs that he believes he’s prepared, Nash mentioned: “I feel he’s on his approach. It’s getting shut. We’ve simply bought to ensure we don’t make a hasty resolution, however it’s coming.”
Irving attended Seton Corridor’s loss to Villanova on Saturday at Prudential Middle in Newark, sitting masked within the entrance row alongside the sideline. If Irving doesn’t gown in opposition to the Pacers, the subsequent street sport by which he might be eligible to take part might be Jan. 12 in Chicago.
Clippers coach Tyronn Lue was the third opposing head coach in 4 video games to overlook his staff’s sport in opposition to the Nets because of well being and security protocols, following the Lakers’ Frank Vogel and the 76ers’ Doc Rivers.
“Teaching’s very overrated,” Nash mentioned jokingly. “It’s not the most important deal. I feel on this league you play so many video games and the common season is so totally different from the playoffs that typically it can provide a staff a bump. They hear a brand new voice for an evening or two, no matter it’s, and it’s somewhat little bit of a break, a change, after which get again to normalcy. I’m undecided that it all the time makes that massive of a deal.”
Nic Claxton was not within the beginning lineup in opposition to the Clippers after beginning every of the Nets’ earlier three video games. He scored 13 factors in 23 minutes off the bench.
Bruce Brown joined Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge in the starting frontcourt.
The Clippers additionally had been nonetheless with out injured stars Kawhi Leonard (knee), Paul George (elbow) and Nicolas Batum (ankle), with Ivica Zubac and Brandon Boston amongst their gamers in well being and security protocols.