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Earliest Kyrie Irving will be back is after All-Star break

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Brooklyn Nets star point guard Kyrie Irving won’t play on Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors because of his knee injury.

That means the earliest we will see Irving back on the floor is after the All-Star break:

Irving has appeared in just 20 games this season after missing a bunch of time earlier in the campaign with a shoulder injury. Kyrie is averaging 27.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 6.4 assists in his first season with Brooklyn, all while shooting 47.8 percent from the field, 39.4 percent from beyond the arc and 92.2 percent from the free-throw line.

The Nets are 8-12 with Irving in the lineup and 24-28 overall on the season. Brooklyn is in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

Brooklyn will be cautious with Irving since he has a history of knee injuries. The team is fortunate to have backup guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who can lead the Nets on offense while Irving is out. He was the main option on offense while Kyrie was rehabbing his shoulder ailment.

The Nets will more than likely start the 2020 playoffs on the road should they make it, just like last season. Brooklyn is hoping Irving’s championship experience and superstar scoring skills will be on full display in the postseason so that they can pull off a first-round upset and advance to the second round.

Of course, the Nets aren’t considered title contenders this 2019-20 season since two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant is out. Once KD plays in 2020-21 with Kyrie Irving by his side, that’s when Brooklyn will be feared by every team in the league.