The Nets have dealt with many of their star players’ injuries throughout the season and their problems continued Tuesday night.
Star point guard Kyrie Irving accidentally elbowed Nikola Vucevic against the cops. He left the game after injury and did not return when the networks announced he was disfellowshipped with a facial injury.
Here’s a look at the game Irving got stuck in, according to ESPN.
Kyrie Irving accidentally put an elbow in Nikola Vucevic’s face and was assisted by coaches.
He finally went into the locker room on his own. pic.twitter.com/EZoyjHZBJt
– SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 12, 2021
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That Irving walked away on his own is a good sign, but it’s a problem every time a player is hit in the head. Good news for Brooklyn, coach Steve Nash said Irving did not suffer a concussion from the blow. That said, an x-ray came back “inconclusive,” which means he’ll be subjected to further testing.
Steve Nash said that Kyrie Irving did not have a concussion. He said he had an x-ray that was “inconclusive” – which means, “they need another scan, I don’t know if it’s the swelling or what.”
Irving will have another scan in the morning, Nash said.
– Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) May 12, 2021
Needless to say, the networks will be closely monitoring his status with the NBA playoffs just around the corner.
The nets have been devoid of various parts of their “Big 3” throughout the season: Kevin Durant missed the time with hamstring and hamstring injuries, while James Harden has not played since April 5 since he suffered a thigh strain himself. Irving himself has missed 17 games this season.
Despite their injury problems, Brooklyn has a record of 45-24, good for the second best in the Eastern Conference. As long as Durant, Harden and Irving are back in time for their playoffs, they have a chance to prepare for the NBA finals.