It is always possible for the Nets to go further in the playoff series against the Bucks, but Brooklyn may not have thought that the Eastern Conference semifinals would be played in this way.
Since James Harden limped off the court in the opening minute of the first game with a tight hamstring, the Nets have been struggling with health issues. Harden has since rejoined the starting lineup, but Kyrie Irving missed the past two games after spraining his right ankle in the fourth game.
With Brooklyn about to be eliminated, will Harden and Kevin Durant be forced to take on the offensive task again?
The following is the latest news from Irving before Game 7 on Saturday.
Will Kyrie Irving play against the Bucks?
Irving was listed as missing for the seventh game in the Nets’ official injury report. Brooklyn coach Steve Nash told reporters on Friday that Irving continues to receive treatment, but there is still “some way to go.”
However, Nash did bring a glimmer of hope, saying that Irving’s ankle injury would not be considered the end of the season.
“I think if we can improve, he will come back at some point,” Nash said. “I don’t know if it will be a few days later, a week later or longer, but I don’t think this is a threat to the season.”
“This is not a situation that threatens the season”
Despite being excluded from Game 7, Steve Nash said Kyrie Irving might recover from a sprained ankle if the Nets are to advance. pic.twitter.com/4hmpInvJVu
— Nets Video (@SNYNets) June 18, 2021
In Brooklyn’s fourth defeat, the seven-time All-Star Falling on the feet of Giannis Antetokounmpo After a shot attempt close to the rim, some Nets fans angered some Nets fans, who thought Antetokounmpo deliberately slipped under Irving.
Nash disagreed with the evaluation of this game.
“I don’t want to get into Giannis’ head and make any statement. I think this is an awkward game,” Nash said on Monday. “While he was in the air, he finally walked under Carey. I think sitting here and saying that he intends to do this in any way is a big stretch for me. I don’t believe he is the kind of person he is. , It’s not what I believe happened. It’s just embarrassment and misfortune.”
Steve Nash did not accept the idea that Giannis Antetokounmpo’s rebound attempt caused Kyrie Irving’s sprained ankle to be malicious.
“I don’t believe he is that kind of person. It’s just embarrassment and misfortune” pic.twitter.com/f1urrzRRxN
— Nets Video (@SNYNets) June 14, 2021
Through nine playoff games, Irving averaged 22.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.
The Bucks vs. Nets Game 7 Injury Report
(As of 5:30 PM EST on Friday, US Eastern Time)
|Nets||Spencer Dinwiddie||Go out||Right knee; partially torn ACL|
|Nets||Kyrie Irving||Go out||Right ankle; sprain|
|Bucks||Donte Divincenzo||Go out||Left ankle; surgery|
|Bucks||Jordan Nwola||Go out||Left thigh; contusion|