Kyrie Irving leaves Nets-Bucks playoff game with injury – –

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Kyrie Irving leaves Nets-Bucks playoff game with injury – –


MILWAUKEE – Injuries have bit the Nets all season, and it did again when Kyrie Irving injured his right ankle in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal on Sunday.

Irving left midway through the second quarter against the Bucks and was ruled out for the remainder of the game.

The All-Star goaltender made a layup with 6:04 left in the second quarter and landed awkwardly on the foot of Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.

It was questionable whether Antetokounmpo, the two-time NBA MVP, had given Irving enough room to land – no fouls were called.

What is evident is that Irving twisted his ankle and immediately collapsed in severe discomfort. The game continued for 12 seconds before being interrupted.

Kyrie Irving Nets Injury Game 4
Kyrie Irving was ruled out for the remainder of Game 4 for the Nets with a sprained right ankle.
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Irving was on the ground for several minutes surrounded by his teammates as Nets coaches and medics attended to him. Irving was eventually helped out and left the field on his own and walked into the Nets locker room visibly limping.

The injury interrupted a strong postseason streak for Irving, who entered the playoffs fourth over / under (+107) on Saturday and tied for sixth in 3 points (23). He also came after what had arguably been one of his healthiest and most effective regular seasons, just the ninth player to display a 50/40/90 shooting campaign.

But injuries and absences and COVID-19 have hit the Nets. That’s why the Big 3 had recorded just 202 minutes in eight games together during the regular season. And James Harden is still crippled, having lost just 43 seconds in that second-round series and yet to be back. How long Brooklyn is without Irving remains to be seen.

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