The Brooklyn Nets (23-12) play against the Indiana Pacers (24-24) at Gainbridge Fieldhouse

Game Time: 7:30 PM EST on Wednesday January 5, 2022

Brooklyn Nets 25, Indiana Pacers 26 (Q1 02:39)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Lance Stephenson getting heat checks and taking over an NBA game for Indy vs. his hometown Nets in 2022 is not even really shocking at this point – which says a whole lot about the insane timeline we are living thru – 8:01 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
Lance Stephenson was born to try to steal the Thunder from the Kyrie Irving return game. – 8:01 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
@LaMelo Ball x #NBAAllStar
#AllFly | @HornetsOnBally PM

James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Lol Lance Stephenson has made this game hilariously fun already. 9 straight points. #Pacers8:00 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Lance Stephenson is doing everything he can to have Kyrie hold his beer. – 8:00 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Irving checks back in with 3:19 left in the first. He’s out there with Aldridge, Mills, Johnson and Durant. – 8:00 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
It’s the Lance Stephenson show to start the first quarter. Stephenson has hit each of his first 4 shots and is up to 9 points. Kyrie Irving is also checking back in for James Harden. – 7:59 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Make it 3 in a row for Lance Stephenson who’s up to 7 points in like 3 minutes. – 7:58 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
if you were wondering if Lance Stephenson still strums that same air guitar after all that time out of the league PM

Howard Beck @HowardBeck
When Lance Stephenson does that guitar-strum thing, I like to think he’s playing that fun little ditty from the airtrain at Denver Intl Airport. – 7:57 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Lance Stephenson has hit his first 2 shots. It’s showtime. – 7:57 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
LaMarcus Aldridge checks in for Claxton. Curious to see how he looks. He said he’s still recovering from COVID. – 7:57 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
LaMarcus Aldridge is checking in – 7:56 PM
Brian Geltzeiler @BGeltzNBA
Lance Stephenson hitting an off the bounce three in a Pacers uniform generates all kinds of warm and fuzzy feelings – 7:56 PM
Chris Herring @Herring_NBA
Seeing Lance hit 3s for the Pacers is def a “What year is it?” moment – 7:56 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
“Let’s go Lance” chants have broken out here in Indiana. – 7:56 PM
Mark Montieth @MarkMontieth
Pacers fans and @Lance Stephenson – a love affair for the ages. – 7:55 PM
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Lance Stephenson drains a 3 an then does his signature air guitar. Place is pretty lively right now. #Pacers7:55 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Lance Stephenson drills a 3 on his first touch and this place goes nuts. – 7:55 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Gainbridge Fieldhouse explodes as Lance Stephenson touches the ball for the first time, dribbles up the floor then drills a pull-up 3. Lance is back. – 7:55 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Brooklyn (and Lincoln) legend Lance Stephenson gets loud applause when he checks into the game in the first quarter. Crowd erupted when he hit that bucket. #Nets #Pacers7:55 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Standing ovation for Lance Stephenson as he checks in for the Pacers for the first time. – 7:54 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Kyrie got some cheers and some boos as he was introduced on an NBA floor for the first time in months. Lance Stephenson just checked in for the first time and got close to a standing ovation from the fans in Indy. – 7:54 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Lance Stephenson gets a big round of applause upon entering in Indy
His return overshadowed by Kyrie just a bit. – 7:54 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
Lance Stephenson checks in to a big roar from the crowd: PM

Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
lance stephenson standing ovation, i’m here for it – 7:54 PM
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Lance Stephenson gets a standing ovation as he checks in. #Pacers7:53 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Rousing ovation here in Indiana as New York City legend Lance Stephenson checks into the game in the first quarter. – 7:53 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Lance Stephenson checks in to a HUGE ovation. The pride of Lincoln High School is back in Indy. #BornReady7:53 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
James Johnson and Patty Mills in off the bench for Irving and Duke Jr. – 7:52 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Patty Mills has checked in for Kyrie Irving at the 6:49 mark. Irving played a 5-minute spurt. – 7:51 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Irving off to a rough start offensively. His first shot of the game, a mid-range pull-up hit the front of the rim. Later he got to the basket and pulled off a terrific spin only to see his shot blocked by Myles Turner. Nets lead 13-12 with 6:49 left in the first. – 7:50 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Timeout, Pacers: The Nets have a 13-12 lead in Indiana with 6:49 to go. Kyrie Irving looks like he’s finding his footing, James Harden looks ready to shoulder a scoring load and Kevin Durant is Kevin Durant with a game-high 7 points. – 7:49 PM
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Myles Turner with a huge block on Kyrie Irving after Irving spun free in the lane. #Pacers7:47 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
A spinning layup for Kyrie irving looked like it was about to fall until Myles Turner pinned it to the backboard. Still no points yet for Irving, but that is bound to change. – 7:47 PM
Nick DePaula @NickDePaula
Kyrie Irving warmed up in the “I Love You Mom” Kyrie 3s.
A 2017 collab with New Jersey boutique Sneaker Room, the sneaker honored Kyrie’s & shop owner Suraj’s late mothers Elizabeth Irving & Ellen Kaufman. The launch raised $80,000 to benefit the Jersey City Medical Center. PM

James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Back-and-forth game so far. Kevin Durant drains a 3 to give the Nets and early 11-8 lead. #Pacers7:46 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
T-Ro doing T-Ro things
@Terry Rozier | #NBAAllStar PM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Not sure why a team that struggles to rebound as much as the Nets is starting three guards tonight. Kyrie should be starting. Don’t quite understand why David Duke Jr. is. – 7:42 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kyrie Irving takes the first shot of the game: He goes behind the back and pulls up at the foul line over Justin Holiday but the shot was wide left. – 7:41 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Kyrie gets the start as does David Duke PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kyrie got the first shot of the game. Off the rim. #Nets7:41 PM
Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
#LeaguePassAlert for the opening tip of Nets/Pacers – 7:40 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kyrie Irving takes the court for the first time this season. PM

Yaron Weitzman @YaronWeitzman
I completely understand it and I can do the compartmentalization also but there is something weird about the KYRIE’S BACK YAY as if it’s a guy returning from injury and not because he refused—and still refuses—to get a vaccine. – 7:40 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Nets owners Joe + Clara Wu Tsai back players’ fight for equality. Joe reveals how moment when he feared for his life led to fight vs Asian Hate: “You don’t have to be Chinese. Korean, Thai, Filipino, Japanese, you’re getting attacked especially old people”…7:38 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Pacers def starting 2 players I didn’t know existed until today. COVID is wild man. – 7:38 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Smattering of cheers and some boos for Kyrie Irving, introduced for the first time this season in Indiana. PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Your Hornets are startin’ out HOT! 🥵
#AllFly PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kyrie Irving gets a wave of cheers upon being introduced in Indy. – 7:35 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
Kyrie Irving is about to start his new job as a part-time player for the Nets. I wrote about the last time I could find a part-time NBA player. He became an All-Star and won Rookie of the Year while getting his chemical engineering degree. 59 years ago.…7:35 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
Nets starting lineup tonight vs Indy is James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, David Duke Jr. and Nic Claxton. It’s Brooklyn’s 10th different starting lineup in last 12 games. – 7:35 PM
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
#Pacers starters: Keifer Sykes, Justin Holiday, Duane Washington Jr. Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis
#Nets starters: Kyrie Irving (season debut), James Harden, Kevin Durant, David Duke Jr. Nicolas Claxton – 7:34 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Welcome back 3⃣J! 🉑
@PJ Washington | @HornetsOnBally PM

Brian Geltzeiler @BGeltzNBA
The vibe surrounding Kyrie’s return has a Jimmy Chitwood from Hoosiers type of feel. Nets are looking at him like he’s the cavalry. – 7:32 PM
Tom Lorenzo @TomLorenzo
A little Kyrie Irving news from our friends at @sbnreacts… 👀 PM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
On May 17, 2011, Dirk Nowitzki set an NBA postseason record for most FTM in a game without a miss, sinking 24 in a 121-112 win over the Thunder.
The only player to match Nowitzki in any game, regular season or postseason, is James Harden (Dec. 3, 2019). PM

Scott Agness @ScottAgness
Pacers fans are ready for The Return PM

Sarah Kustok @sarahkustok
Kyrie Irving & the @Brooklyn Nets Big 3 debuts tonight!
We got you on @YESNetwork #NETSonYES PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
#NBAAllStar is calling his name!
RT & VOTE for @Miles Bridges! 🗳⭐
@Drpepper | #AllFly PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Greetings from Indy. To quote Cornelius Fudge, ‘He’s back.’ Kyrie Irving is playing for the Nets for the first time since spraining his ankle at Milwaukee in Game 3 of the 2020 conference semifinals. He’s starting alongside Kevin Durant and James Harden. The big three returns. – 7:22 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Harden, Irving, Durant, Duke Jr. and Claxton will start for the #Nets. This is Brooklyn’s 16th different starting five of the season and their 10th different starting lineup in their last 12 games. – 7:22 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
Kyrie Irving – getting loose: PM

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
Kyrie Irving’s Return + Are the Bulls & Grizzlies For Real? | Bob Ryan & Jeff Goodman Podcast w/ @Gary Tanguay presented by @calm…7:15 PM
Nick DePaula @NickDePaula
Kyrie arrives in the De La Soul Dunks for his return. 👀 PM

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Brooklyn represent 🙌
@socios PM

Indiana Pacers @Pacers
Born Ready back in Indy
@Lance Stephenson | #GoldBlooded PM

Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Memo to @ESPNNBA, your game tonight is Warriors-Mavs, why are you not promoting your own show as opposed to something else (In this case Kyrie) to start your show? You guys are the masters of promoting your own, why not now? – 7:07 PM
Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt
Kyrie Irving gets the start in his season debut tonight vs. the Pacers, per Nets:
Starting five: Harden, Irving, Durant, Duke Jr. and Claxton.
This will be Irving’s first game since Game 4 of the conference semifinals last season. – 7:06 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
Kyrie Irving is back for the Nets tonight and will start in his first game of the season. The Pacers are rolling with the same starting unit they have in the last 2 games. – 7:06 PM
Indiana Pacers @Pacers
our starting 5⃣
@MotorolaUS | #GoldBlooded PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Nets going with a new starting lineup tonight. Shocking!!!!!!! – 7:05 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Nets say Kyrie will start in his return — he joins KD, Harden, Duke Jr. and Claxton in the starting lineup. – 7:04 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kyrie Irving will start tonight alongside James Harden, Kevin Durant, David Duke Jr. and Nic Claxton. – 7:02 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
Kyrie is starting, Nets just announced Starters tonight in Indianapolis are Harden, Irving, Durant, Duke Jr. and Claxton. – 7:02 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nets starters in Indy: Harden, Irving, Durant, Duke Jr. and Claxton.
This is Brooklyn’s 16th different starting five of the season and the Nets’ 10th different starting lineup in their last 12 games. The big three is back. – 7:02 PM
Scott Agness @ScottAgness
Just got official word. I have not cleared protocols so I am ruled out for Pacers-Nets tonight.
This is brutal. Don’t think I’ve missed three games in the last three seasons. – 7:01 PM
Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Kyrie Irving will start tonight against the Pacers and is expected to play around 30 minutes. This marks the first time Irving, Kevin Durant and James Harden will play together for the Nets since Game 1 versus the Bucks in the playoffs on June 5, 2021. PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
📍 – 🏠
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📺 – @HornetsOnBally
📻 – @WFNZ 610 AM/102.5 FM PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
3 radio hits, 1 TV appearance and 2 stories later, I am headed to my seat at what is now called Gainbridge — not Banker’s Life — Fieldhouse where Kyrie Irving will make his season debut. The Pacers have 8 players out of the lineup and the Nets have lost 3 in a row. Get right. – 6:52 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
Lance Stephenson getting ready to play his first home game for the Pacers since April of 2018. He’s talked about playing well in this arena: PM

Tony East @TEastNBA
Lance Stephenson – back in Gainbridge Fieldhouse: PM

Indiana Pacers @Pacers
Injury Report for tonight’s game vs. Brooklyn (1/2):
Caris LeVert, Goga Bitadze, T.J. Warren, Kelan Martin, Isaiah Jackson – Out (health & safety protocols)
Chris Duarte, Jeremy Lamb, Malcolm Brogdon – Out (return to competition reconditioning) PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
A picture built for @John Hollinger: Virginia alums Joe Harris, Justin Anderson and Malcom Brogden all catching up. PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Load Mismanagement w/@jphanned is live @UnderdogFantasy
Kyrie Returns
Luka vs. Steph
We’re breaking it all down, taking your questions before tonight’s 11-game slate, and Justin’s world-famous Fastest 5 Minutes in the NBA: “Who *IS* Playing Tonight?”
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Charlotte Hornets @hornets
sweatsuit squad 🔥
#ULTRADrip | @MichelobULTRA PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
“Maybe I’m taking it for granted but Kyrie is the game isn’t overly complicated for him. So I have a feeling he’ll his find his space, and his timing, and his cracks in our offense whether he has the ball or the ball finds him.”
– Steve Nash on Kyrie Irving’s return – 6:22 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kyrie Irving ended his pregame warmups with a two-handed dunk, just like old times. The man is back. #Nets PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Steve Nash on Kyrie Irving potentially giving the #Nets a lift at the perfect time, amidst a losing skid: “It’s not fair to expect him to come back and cure all our ills….The 3-game losing streak is not his fault.” – 6:11 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
“It’s not fair to expect him to come back and cure all our ills….The three game losing streak is not his fault.” Nash said in pregame of Kyrie. – 6:09 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Steve Nash reiterates Kyrie Irving will play “a good chunk of minutes” tonight” PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
PJ Washington & Scottie Lewis (return from H&S Protocols) are available.
Vernon Carey Jr. (H&S Protocols) is out.
#AllFly | @NovantHealth PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
Steve Nash was asked if there will be any last minute changes to the availability at Indiana.
Jokes “God I hope not.” – 6:07 PM
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Steve Nash said the “sweet spot” for Kyrie Irving’s minutes tonight against the #Pacers is bout 30. – 6:06 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Steve Nash said the sweet spot for Kyrie Irving’s minutes is about 30. #Nets #NBA6:06 PM
Scott Agness @ScottAgness
Steve Nash says Kyrie Irving will play “a good chunk of minutes,” probably about 30 minutes. But they’ll be watching how he feels in his season debut and how the game is going.
“He’s ready to go.” – 6:06 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
#Pacers coach Rick Carlisle expects Kyrie Irving to play well & cites his history of coming off long layoffs with big outings. Adds he’s “not the least bit surprised” the #Nets did an about-face and let Irving play. “It makes every bit of sense in the world that he would play.” – 6:04 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
Brogdon, Duarte, and Lamb were with the team for portions of today and are in the building for Pacers-Nets, but they are all out tonight. That was the expectation, but Rick Carlisle just made it official. – 6:04 PM
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Chris Duarte, Malcolm Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb all here tonight but OUT tonight against the Nets, per Rick Carlisle. #Pacers5:55 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Here’s Kyrie Irving getting up some 3s. PM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Kyrie getting some shots up prior to his first game of the season. PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
And here’s one more video of Kyrie Irving’s pregame routine. PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Going live on IG (Krisplashed) now as Kyrie Irving warms up before his season debut – 5:39 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Here he is. Kyrie Irving getting pregame work in Indianapolis ahead of his return. PM

Alan Hahn @alanhahn
For @44JohnWallace44 the rivalry never ends. @BillPidto @Wally Szcerzbiak @KnicksMSGN 😤😂 #Knicks #Pacers #NewYorkForever #NBA PM

Charlotte Hornets PR @HornetsPR
INJURY UPDATE: @Charlotte Hornets forward PJ Washington and guard Scottie Lewis (return from H&S protocols) listed as questionable, have been upgraded and are available tonight vs DET. #AllFly5:16 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
New for ⁦@YahooSports⁩: All Star starters predictions, thoughts on Klay/Kyrie, Cade/Mobley and a trade idea for the New York Knicks?…5:14 PM
Malika Andrews @malika_andrews
Kyrie Irving is slated to make his season debut tonight. @Nick Friedell joins NBA Today to report on the Nets’ strategy for Irving: PM

Mike Mazzeo @MazzNYC
As Nets get back talented anti-vaxxer Kyrie Irving they’ve moved from -7.5 to -8.5 tonight in Indiana per Caesars. 80% of tickets and 63% of handle for spread bets on Brooklyn. Kyrie’s points prop at 19.5. – 4:51 PM
Frank Madden @fmaddenNBA
Bucks have dealt with a ton of injuries this year but it’s also wild how easy their schedule has been. Here are their wins vs. .500+ teams (8-6):
Nets (home)
Cavs (home)
Hornets (home)
Lakers (no LeBron)
Nuggets (no Jokic)
Sixers (no Embiid)
Heat (no Jimmy/Bam)
Mavs (no Luka) – 4:49 PM
Chris Sheridan @sheridanhoops
Tonight is Kyrie Irving’s season debut for the #Nets against the #Pacers in Indianapolis. His point total over/under is 18 1/2. Whatcha got? – 4:44 PM
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
When Kyrie Irving is on the court, he’s one of the best players in NBA history.
The seven-time All-Star, who remains unvaccinated, will make his season debut tonight against the #Pacers as a part-time player.…4:42 PM
James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
The #Pacers kept it close at Madison Square Garden last night before RJ Barrett and Julius Randle helped the Knicks pull away for a comfortable win.
Indiana’s task doesn’t get any easier tonight with the Nets coming to town.…4:38 PM
Indiana Pacers @Pacers
We’re honored to recognize our fourth @hoosierlottery #CommunityImpactAward recipients, Shecara & Thomas Reives!
After losing their son Rook nine days after birth, they founded “Rook’s Books,” a book drive to help support families impacted by similar circumstances 📚💛 PM

Langston Galloway @LangGalloway10
Another Day To Be Great – 4:09 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
going on @ESPNRadio with @ChrisCanty99 and @mikegolicjr to talk Nets and Kyrie now – 4:01 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
So, after doing some looking, I’ve identified six wings that I think fit in Denver’s playoff rotation. These players may or may not be available at the deadline, but here are the names:
-Justin Holiday
-Torrey Craig
-Kenrich Williams
-Alec Burks
-Reggie Bullock
-Josh Richardson – 3:48 PM
Indiana Pacers @Pacers
our favorite Bird 😎
#NationalBirdDay PM

James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
#Pacers: Goga Bitadze, Isaiah Jackson, Caris LeVert, Kelan Martin and TJ Warren (already out due to a left foot fracture) are still in the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols and thus OUT tonight against the Nets.
Torrey Craig is also OUT with a right groin strain. – 2:43 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
OFFICIAL: We have teamed up with @YMCACharlotte for a multi-year partnership focused on making an impact in the Charlotte community through health equity and youth programming.
🔗: | #SwarmToServe PM

Indiana Pacers @Pacers
🤩 @Myles Turner
#NBAAllStar | #WallpaperWednesday PM

Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Ty Lue tells us the story about his perspective of the last two minutes of the Brooklyn win that B-Shaw talked about Monday – PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
🛎 NEW @AthleticNBAShow Daily Ding 🛎
🧮 LeBron is a mf problem
🐻 Ja goin crazy
⁉ Seriously who is the Pacers PG
🎙 @MoDakhil_NBA & me
💻 @primetime_bs
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