Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving exited the game against Washington Wizards on Saturday.
Irving had recently recovered from a shoulder injury. His shoulder injury had kept him out for well 26 games. Hardly had he played a few games after his recovery, he suffered a knee injury.
It happened in the fourth quarter when Iring was trying to hold the ball of Wizards’ Bradley Beal. Irving immediately clutched his knee but got up for a jump-ball. But immediately after that, Irving headed to the locker room with just over five minutes of play left in the game.
Kyrie Irving went back to the locker room after getting his leg caught underneath Bradley Beal. pic.twitter.com/6KpqXhfskJ
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 2, 2020
The Nets immediately announced on Twitter that Irving suffered a knee sprain. Although Irving did not return to the game, a sprain, most times, is not scary and he might return to action soon.
UPDATE: Kyrie Irving will not return due to a right knee sprain.
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) February 2, 2020
After the game, ESPN reported that Kyrie Irving will undergo an MRI on his right knee on Sunday.
Irving was coming into the game after an impressive 54-point game against the Chicago Bulls. He had dedicated the performance to Kobe Bryant.
Nets coach confident about other options in absence of Kyrie Irving
Irving’s absence is far from good news for the Nets. But Nets coach Kenny Atkinson felt confident about the options they had.
“I always say this: We pay 17 guys on the roster. And if a guy goes down, that’s our jobs, you just have to step up to that level of player you’re replacing or better,” Atkinson said after the game. “That’s our goal, that’s where we want to get to.
“We’re going to have to do that again. We have sufficient enough talent in there.”