Saturday update: The Mavericks say Kyrie Irving has a heel contusion and while there’s no timetable for his return, the team believes the star avoided a significant injury. We’ll see if Irving can return sooner rather than later, but Luka Doncic will take over as the lead point guard and primary offensive initiator while Irving is sidelined.
Update: Irving is officially out for the rest of Friday’s game with a foot injury. According to the broadcast, he left the building in a wheelchair which is obviously not a great sign for his long-term prognosis.
Kyrie Irving (right foot) will not return to tonight's game in Portland.— Mavs PR (@MavsPR) December 9, 2023
Dallas Mavericks point guard Kyrie Irving went to the locker room Friday against the Portland Trail Blazers after appearing to suffer an ankle injury when a teammate seemed to land on his leg following a drive to the basket. Irving took a hard fall, but it was the subsequent action that made him grab his ankle. Here’s the play where Irving appeared to suffer the injury.
Kyrie Irving went down hard on this play: pic.twitter.com/ewGOLb70Aw— Oh no he didn't (@ohnohedidnt24) December 9, 2023
You can clearly see Mavericks big man Dwight Powell land on Irving’s right leg, which is what caused the problem. That’s unfortunate for the Mavericks and Irving, who hold a decent advantage over Portland near the end of the first half. Irving has 11 points, two assists and two rebounds so far in the game. We’ll see if he’s able to return, as he’s been dealing with foot soreness all season per the official injury report.
If Irving is unable to return, look for Luka Doncic to take on most of the usage offensively. The Mavericks have actually found a way for Doncic and Irving to work well together to start this season, which makes this injury tough to stomach if it is a long-term deal. Tim Hardaway Jr., Josh Green and Dante Exum will also see more touches if Irving is sidelined for a while.