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Steve Nash reveals when Kyrie Irving could return from ankle injury

Kyrie Irving

The Brooklyn Nets have already ruled Kyrie Irving out for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, but there are some hints about his availability for the team’s next series should they advance.

Coach Steve Nash said Friday that Irving’s sprained ankle is not considered season-ending, and the Nets expect to have him back at some point if they move on. Nash could not say, however, how soon that would be.

Based on Nash’s quote, it seems plausible that Irving could be back at some point in the Eastern Conference Finals. That obviously depends on the Nets surviving Game 7 against Milwaukee without him.

Knowing how Irving looked after suffering the injury, it wouldn’t have necessarily been surprising for this to be a longer-term issue. The good news is that’s clearly not the case.

Kyrie Irving in walking boot and on crutches after suffering ankle injury

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving was in a walking boot and on crutches after suffering an ankle injury in Game 4 of the Brooklyn Nets’ playoff series with the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.

Irving landed awkwardly after making a basket under the bucket in the second quarter of his team’s 107-96 loss to the Bucks. He left the game and underwent testing. X-rays were negative, but Irving will undergo an MRI as well.

According to a report, Irving was in a walking boot and on crutches after the game.

James Harden is out for the Nets due to his hamstring. Between Harden’s hamstring and Irving’s ankle injury, the Nets might be in rough shape the rest of the series.

Steve Nash reveals how Kyrie Irving injury impacts James Harden

Steve Nash

The Brooklyn Nets have two key injuries to members of their big three, but that’s not going to change the timetable for either of them.

The Nets lost to the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at two games a piece. To make matters worse, Brooklyn lost guard Kyrie Irving late in the second quarter after he sprained his right ankle. That raises the possibility that both he and James Harden will be sidelined for Game 5 and possibly beyond.

After the game, Nets coach Steve Nash made clear that Irving’s injury will not change how the team handles Harden. In other words, don’t expect to see Harden rushed back into action just because Irving may be unavailable.

The good news is Irving’s ankle injury does not appear to be as bad as it could have been. Couple that with the fact that the Nets had previously been optimistic about getting Harden back before the end of the series and this may not be the end of the world. That said, things are suddenly a lot tougher for Brooklyn, especially if both stars can’t go in an increasingly pivotal Game 5.

Kyrie Irving gets some positive news on ankle injury

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving left Sunday’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks after suffering a sprained ankle, but the Brooklyn Nets star got at least some positive news when he underwent testing.

Nets head coach Steve Nash told reporters after Game 4 that X-rays on Irving’s ankle were negative. He said the star point guard will undergo further testing and treatment.

That rules out any type of fracture or break for Irving, but he will need to have an MRI to determine if he suffered ligament damage.

Irving landed awkwardly on his right ankle after converting a shot in the paint late in the second quarter. He immediately grabbed at his right leg and appeared to be in a significant amount of pain. The Nets quickly ruled him out for the remainder of the game with a sprained ankle.

The Nets are suddenly facing serious questions after the Bucks beat them in Game 3 and Game 4 to even Eastern Conference semifinal series at 2-2. Irving’s status is up in the air, and James Harden has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury. Brooklyn is hopeful Harden will be able to return before the end of the series.

Glen Davis suggests Kyrie Irving ankle injury was karma for logo disrespect

Kyrie Irving ankle injury

Kyrie Irving left Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks after suffering a nasty-looking ankle injury, but Glen “Big Baby” Davis has no sympathy for the Brooklyn Nets star.

After Irving landed awkwardly on his right ankle in the first half of Game 4, Davis commented on Instagram that the leg was the same one Irving used to disrespect the Boston Celtics’ midcourt logo earlier in the postseason.

Irving, who used to play for the Celtics, intentionally stepped on the team’s midcourt logo last month and dragged his foot across it (video here). Davis, another former Celtic, took to Instagram after the stunt and basically threatened Irving, which drew a response from Kevin Durant.

Kevin Garnett also blasted Irving for disrespecting Boston’s logo, but suggesting Kyrie’s injury was karma is just as immature as logo stomp. Of course, we’ve grown used to that type of commentary from Davis.

LeBron James has vulgar reaction to Kyrie Irving’s ankle injury

LeBron James

Kyrie Irving left Sunday’s playoff game between the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks after suffering an ankle injury, and LeBron James seemed to feel for his former teammate.

Not long after Irving limped off the court, LeBron took to Twitter to provide his unfiltered reaction to the injury. He tagged Irving and wrote “F—!!!” (edited by LBS for profanity). James also included the praying hands emoji.

You can see the tweet here.

Irving landed awkwardly on his right ankle after converting a shot in the paint in the second quarter (video here). The Nets quickly ruled him out for the remainder of Game 4. His status is in question going forward.

James and Irving have had their differences in the past, but no one wants to see a superstar go down with an injury. LeBron’s tweet summed up how a lot of people felt watching the play.

Kyrie Irving ruled out for Game 4 with sprained ankle

Kyrie Irving ankle injury

The Brooklyn Nets have a major worry going forward, as Kyrie Irving’s ankle injury is severe to keep him out for the remainder of Game 4.

The Nets announced at halftime that Irving will not return to Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Milwaukee with what is being called a sprained right ankle.

Irving landed awkwardly on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s ankle late in the second quarter of Game 4. He was clearly in significant pain all the way to the locker room, even though he was walking under his own power.

An ankle sprain definitely puts Irving’s status in serious doubt going forward in the series, which the Nets led 2-1 going into Sunday. It also means two of the Nets’ big three are currently sidelined, though there is some hope that they’ll get their other injured star back fairly soon.

Kyrie Irving suffers ankle injury in Game 4 against Bucks

Kyrie Irving ankle injury

Kyrie Irving got off to a hot start in the Brooklyn Nets’ game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday, but he left the court late in the first half after suffering an ankle injury.

Irving landed awkwardly on his right ankle in the second quarter of Game 4 after converting a shot in the paint. He immediately grabbed his lower leg and appeared to be in pain. You can see a video of the play below:

The Nets later announced that Irving suffered a sprained ankle and will miss the remainder of the game. Irving was able to walk off under his own power, though he was heavily favoring his right leg as he made his way to the locker room.

Irving had 11 points in 17 minutes prior to the injury.

Kevin Durant responds to Glen Davis threatening Kyrie Irving over logo stomp

Kevin Durant

Kevin Garnett is not the only former Boston Celtics player who was upset over Kyrie Irving stomping on the team’s midcourt logo on Sunday night. Glen “Big Baby” Davis also condemned the move, though he took things a step further than K.G.

Following the Brooklyn Nets’ win over the Celtics in Game 4, Irving intentionally stepped on the Celtics’ midcourt logo and dragged his foot across the mascot’s face (video here). Garnett took to Instagram on Monday to criticize Irving over the stunt, and Davis agreed with his former teammate.

Davis responded to Garnett’s criticism in an Instagram comment and warned Irving that he should “keep the s— basketball before somebody get hurt in real life.” That drew a reaction from Kevin Durant, who posted a bunch of laughing emojis and a short message. The exchange was edited by LBS for profanity:

Davis and Garnett were both part of the 2008 Celtics team that won an NBA title.

What Irving did was immature and classless. That said, it’s obviously absurd for Davis to say “somebody might get hurt” over it in real life. This isn’t the first time we have seen the former NBA big man take an Instagram comment too far.

Garnett is right that Irving’s logo stomp did not receive enough backlash on a night where a fan was arrested for throwing something at the Nets star. But what Davis said about the stunt is just as childish as the stunt itself.

Kevin Garnett rips Kyrie Irving for disrespecting Celtics’ logo

Kyrie Irving Celtics logo

A lot has been made of the Boston Celtics fan who was arrested for throwing a water bottle at Kyrie Irving on Sunday night, but Kevin Garnett believes a classless act that was committed by the Brooklyn Nets star is not receiving enough attention.

Before a fan threw a water bottle at Irving as the point guard was heading to the locker room, Kyrie went out of his way to step on the Celtics’ midcourt logo at TD Garden and drag his foot across it. You can see the video here.

Garnett shared a message about that stunt in his Instagram story on Monday. He said he doesn’t understand why many people are ignoring and called it “not coo on no level.”

Garnett said “all of us need to be better,” which was likely his way of making it clear he is not defending the fan who threw the water bottle. That fan is being dealt with accordingly, as he has been banned from TD Garden and is facing a felony charge.

Irving’s logo stomp was another issue altogether. It was a childish act toward his former team. It was also extremely hypocritical coming from a player who is constantly ridiculing people for their behavior and thinks he’s a model of maturity.

Garnett is one of the most beloved players in Celtics history, so it’s no surprise he defended his former team. He reminded us of how much the franchise means to him when he recently shared the one regret from his career.