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Kyrie Irving out for Nets-Bucks, could return at Cleveland

Nets star Kyrie Irving vs. Bucks

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 18: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles against George Hill #3 of the Milwaukee Bucks during their game at Barclays Center on January 18, 2020 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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Nets star Kyrie Irving – who’s getting back up to speed after his leave of absence and quarantine – didn’t play against the Magic on Saturday initially expected.

Brooklyn’s new star trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Irving won’t debut against the Bucks today, either.


Brooklyn’s following two games: at Cleveland on Wednesday, at Cleveland on Friday.

Irving has tended to miss games against his former teams, especially on the road. He played at Cleveland only with the Celtics in the 2017 opener (which was marred by Gordon Hayward’s injury).

But he played in Boston on Christmas and appears likely to play in Cleveland this week – just without fans present. His “warm” welcome in Cleveland will have to wait.

As will those of us hoping to see Durant, Harden and Irving together against Eastern Conference power Milwaukee today.