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Report: Kyrie Irving expected to return for Nets-Pacers on Wednesday

Kyrie Irving at Brooklyn Nets v Indiana Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - APRIL 29: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets talks with Caris LeVert #22 of the Indiana Pacers after the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 29, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. 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 Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

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New York City still isn’t allowing Kyrie Irving to play Brooklyn Nets home games due to its vaccine mandate. But the Nets are now allowing Irving to play road games. The NBA is also allowing Irving to return after clearing him of coronavirus.

Irving’s next eligible game: Wednesday against the Pacers in Indiana.

That’ll apparently be the one.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Irving playing only road games will be a fascinating experiment.

He sounds excited about it. Other Nets – especially stars Kevin Durant and James and Harden – sound excited about it.

Given widespread coronavirus-related interruptions throughout the league, will Brooklyn really be at a chemistry disadvantage with Irving as a part-time player? That should be more than offset by the talent boost. This was always the Nets’ strategy: Overwhelm other problems with star power. It’s not a bad plan.

Besides Indiana, Brooklyn’s only road game the next two weeks is the following Wednesday against the Chicago Bulls. Though the Nets’ schedule becomes more road-heavy later this month, through February and into March, Irving can’t play the Knicks in New York, Raptors in Toronto or seemingly the Wizards in Washington. So, his availability will remain pretty limited.

But his return is imminent – for however long it lasts.