Kyrie Irving’s return to the game is pending.
The Nets lost James Harden to a hamstring injury earlier in the series, and now Brooklyn may be without Irving for a while, depending on Monday’s test results.
In the second quarter of Sunday’s fourth game, Irving awkwardly stepped on the feet of Giannis Antetokounmpo, and he will stay on the court to wait for the next possession. Irving would walk away carefully, but relying on his own strength after the injury.
The Nets will lose Irving for the rest of the game-they will lose the game itself, and the series will lead the Bucks 2-2 on the night.
ESPN’s Rachel Nichols reported that Irving was found leaning on crutches and walking boots after the game.
I heard that Carey sprained his ankle in Game 4 of today’s Nets-Bucks. He was wearing walking boots and leaning on crutches. Steve Nash said that the X-ray of the ankle was negative and Carey will undergo further testing/evaluation tomorrow.
-Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) June 13, 2021
The following is our understanding of the timetable for Irving’s return to the court.
How long will Kyrie Irving be out?
Further testing of Kyrie Irving’s right ankle on Monday will determine the severity of the injury, and he will be ready for Tuesday’s fifth game. Irving has not been excluded from the game or series.
After the 4th game, Nets coach Steve Nash shared some good news about an ankle injury: Irving’s ankle X-ray result was negative, which means it may have a certain degree of sprain.
Steve Nash said the X-ray of Kyrie Irving’s ankle was negative. He will undergo further examination and treatment.
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) June 13, 2021
Depending on the severity of the sprain, Irving may miss the rest of the series and beyond. Sprained ankles of NBA players tend to last for a while, and it may take two weeks or more to fully heal.