Basketball News: On Wednesday, Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving is slated to make his season debut against the Indiana Pacers

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Basketball News: According to sources in the United States, Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving will make his season debut against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

Irving, who has not been vaccinated against Covid-19, has re-joined the team on a part-time basis as part of a complicated scheduling web including US state policy, with his return to the court set for Wednesday’s trip to Indianapolis, according to The Athletic.

Due to New York’s Covid-19 vaccine rules, the 29-year-old is likely to play in most road games, with the exception of games against the New York Knicks and the Toronto Raptors, which are subject to Ontario laws.

The Nets had planned to keep Irving out of the lineup until he was able to play in every game, but with coronavirus cases and injuries putting a strain on the team’s resources, they altered their minds.

The Nets have held their own without Irving, led by NBA scoring leader and MVP favourite Kevin Durant. They’ll face the visiting Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night with the Eastern Conference’s second-best record (23-11).

Irving returned to the Nets last month, but he was placed in the league’s health and safety regulations almost immediately, postponing his return to practise.

Irving completed the protocols on Tuesday, meaning he’ll have had a full week to work on his conditioning before facing the Pacers on Wednesday.

Last season, the seven-time All-Star averaged 26.9 points, 6.0 assists, and 4.8 rebounds in 54 regular-season games for the Nets.

He has averaged 22.8 points, 5.7 assists, and 3.8 rebounds in 582 career games (all starts) with the Cleveland Cavaliers (2011-17), Boston Celtics (2017-19), and Nets.

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