Kyrie Irving Lashes Out at Trail Blazers Player For Hurting His Ankle: “It was a bad play. It was unnecessary”

Published 01/11/2022, 8:00 AM EST
Apr 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) gestures to fans before a game against the New York Knicks at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports


Kyrie Irving returned to the Nets lineup on Monday as they took on the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday. The Nets lost 114-108 to a depleted Blazers team who were without Lillard and McCollum. Kyrie wasn’t particularly pleased with what happened to him in the fourth quarter. Nasir Little dove for a loose ball and took out Irving, hurting in the process.

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Kyrie stayed down on the floor for a few minutes, and he was holding his ankle. Later, in the post-match press conference, he said, “Just one of those bad plays, you know. I tried to get out of the way, but I just thought that was just, it was unnecessary for him to dive that far away from the ball. I was just trying to get out of the way.”

DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 14: Kyrie Irving (11) of the Brooklyn Nets takes the court against the Denver Nuggets during the first quarter on Thursday, November 14, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Kyrie Irving said that he could have broken his ankle

He added,“I asked the ref, you know he’s got to protect players out there, just totally unnecessary, I get Nassir wants to go for the ball, but just a bad play, it’s all good. I could’ve broke my ankle or done something worse. There’s just no place in our game for it. I get the intent from Nassir… but it could’ve been avoided.”.

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Kyrie didn’t look impressed with the play. But he did not call Nassir Little, saying that he knew that the forward was just trying to get the ball. Even though the injury looked painful, he confirmed that he would be part of the next game against the Chicago Bulls.

What’s next for Irving and the Nets?

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The Nets take on the Bulls next as they look to get back to winning ways. This is the fifth loss for the Nets in seven games, as they have looked out of form since New Year. The Nets will need all the help from Kyrie, who looks to be in good shape since his return.

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Vishwesha Kumar

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Vishwesha Kumar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Holder of a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Vishwesha has been writing content for about 3 years now. He has been following the NBA for nearly 10 years, since first starting off in the year 2012.

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