Brooklyn Nets undoubtedly need Kyrie Irving as they are not looking like a championship team right now, but there is no good news from that front. Although the Nets are on a 10-5 run, you could argue that they have only won against average teams, with Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards as the exceptions.
Fans are eager to see their big three together once again, but it is unlikely as the days go by. Reports suggested that Kyrie might be able to make an appearance in the 2022 NBA All-Star game, but that's about it.
Head coach Steve Nash was asked for an update about Irving, and while he confirmed that they are still in communication, they do not discuss basketball.
New York's covid-19 mandate has prohibited Irving from playing for the Nets because the All-Star guard is unvaccinated. He could have still featured for the Nets on a part-time basis, but the organization was not interested in him being a part-time member of the team.
If either party does not shift their stance on the covid-19 vaccination, Kyrie will be unavailable for the entire 2021-22 season.
James Harden has struggled since the start of the 2021-22 season, and that might be attributed to the rule change that has limited his trips to the charity stripe.
The devastating loss to Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors showed how much the Nets need their third star. On a night Kevin Durant could not perform because of the defensive genius of Draymond Green, the team could not get going.
Harden finished the game with 24 points, four rebounds, and four assists, while KD scored 19 points on a 31.6% shooting from the field.
The Nets should be formidable without Irving. They have two elite-level scorers, who have won seven scoring titles between them, and two players top-three of the three-point field goal percentage list. The addition of LeMarcus Aldrige and Paul Millsap was also to shore up their defense, and that has been relatively successful so far.
Irving is not coming back soon so the Nets will have to figure it out without him. Luckily, there is still a lot of basketball to be played this season.