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Kyrie Irving now dealing with shoulder injury amid Nets’ slow start

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Kyrie Irving is listed as questionable for the Brooklyn Nets’ game against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday because of a shoulder injury:

If Irving isn’t able to play, the Nets are really going to have their hands full against the Nuggets, one of the best teams in the Western Conference.

Brooklyn is currently 10th in the Eastern Conference with a 4-6 record, though the three teams ahead of them in the standings are also 4-6. Still, this is not the start Nets fans had hoped for after acquiring Irving, Kevin Durant, and DeAndre Jordan in the offseason.

Irving is actually playing well this season, putting up 29.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 7.0 assists through the first 10 games. Unfortunately, his efforts haven’t been enough to put them at least above .500, and with Caris LeVert also out for Thursday’s bout with the Nuggets, it will be interesting to see who will step up for Brooklyn.

A lot has been said about Irving’s struggles to play with younger players, which is why some were skeptical when the Nets decided to sign him. After all, his fallout with the Boston Celtics and their young core only took place last season.

Kyrie Irving understands the Nets aren’t in a hurry to compete for a title because of Durant’s recovery from his torn Achilles, but there are still playoff expectations for this club. Will the star point guard keep his composure if the Nets continue to struggle?

We’ll just have to wait and see.