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  • Writer's pictureDominic Konareski

Kyrie Irving Makes Season Debut After Nets Holdback; Drops 22 points

Updated: May 17, 2023

Kyrie Irving is back with the Brooklyn Nets as he played his first game of the 2021-22 NBA season for an away game against the Indiana Pacers. Despite Irving’s absence the Nets went 23-12 without him, now Irving was not injured or sick, he is unvaccinated against COVID which makes him unable to play home games due to New York’s COVID vaccine mandates. Due to that the Nets chose to not play the future hall of famer all together until he was fully vaxed and eligible for every game. Several fully vaccinated Brooklyn Nets players have been out due to COVID, making the team short on players which led to the Nets deciding to bring back Irving for away games.

Kyrie Irving went off on the Pacers, putting up a very impressive game for someone who has not played in the NBA since the 2021 playoffs. Irving put up 22 points in the game that led the Nets to a 129-121 victory over the Pacers as the team from Brooklyn claimed their 24th win of the season. After the game Irving took off his jersey and gave it to his father, a long anticipated wait that is now a reality for Irving as he is back.

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