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Nets stars Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving’s true status in top-seed battle vs. Sixers

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NBA fans will be in for quite a treat on Wednesday when the two best teams in the Eastern Conference battle it out on the hardcourt. With how things stand, however, it looks like the Brooklyn Nets might be without both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving when they take on the Sixers on Wednesday.

Durant, who was a full participant for Brooklyn’s 127-97 blowout win against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday, is coming off a lengthy injury. With Wednesday’s tilt against the Philadelphia 76ers being the second night of a back-to-back set, Nets head coach Steve Nash hinted that KD might be given the night off (h/t Ian Begley of SNY):

Durant led his team on Tuesday against the Wolves, finishing with a game-high 31 points against a Karl-Anthony Towns-less Wolves. While he looked perfectly fine, it would not be surprising if Brooklyn opts to load manage KD on Wednesday vs. the Sixers.

As for Irving, the All-Star point guard was unavailable for his team on Tuesday. Kyrie is currently away from the squad and is dealing with an undisclosed personal issue. No timetable has been set for his return, but according to coach Nash, there is a chance Irving suits up against Philly:

James Harden is also still out injured and is not expected to play on Wednesday. LaMarcus Aldridge is day-to-day with an illness and he too could sit out again against the Sixers.

Needless to say, the Nets could be extremely shorthanded when they face off against the Sixers. Philadelphia is one of the top teams in the NBA today and it will be very tough for Brooklyn to manage a victory against them with such a decimated lineup.