Irving will miss Brooklyn’s games against the Trail Blazers, Jazz and Pistons.
The Nets are already shorthanded. Kevin Durant has been sidelined since Feb. 13 with hamstring strain but is getting closer to a return, coach Steve Nash said. They will also be without Landry Shamet, who has become a key player off the bench. Shamet sprained his right ankle against the Wizards on Sunday and will not travel with the team on Monday, although his MRI did not show significant damage, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Irving has been in and out of the Nets roster this season, having played 31 of their 43 games. He missed two weeks in January for a personal absence. Meanwhile away from the team, Irving broke the league’s COVID-19 protocols, further delaying his return to the field. Irving has been fined for failing to follow League coronavirus safety guidelines. Upon his return, Irving told reporters he “just needed a break.”
Since then, Irving has missed four games for injury maintenance.
Irving is averaging 28.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists this season.