Nets star Kyrie Irving is set to miss even more time due to injury.
Brooklyn’s point guard is set to miss at least a week after suffering a sprained right knee ligament during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s loss to the Washington Wizards, the team announced.
An MRI Sunday revealed the diagnosis, which was perceived to be worse when Irving fell to the floor when going up for a rebound. He will be re-evaluated at the end of the week.
“I’ve done some things to my knee in the past, so I just wanted to make sure my MCL, my ACL, and my PCL. I just wanted to make sure the medical staff did their check,” Irving said (h/t Stefan Bondy, New York Daily News) “And the most important thing was to make sure my ACL was fine. But it was just a weird, weird fall. Just felt like a lot of stretching and tension afterward and it was just a bad fall.”
Two of Irving’s more serious injuries in the past came to his left knee, having a pair of surgeries performed on it since 2015.
Irving’s return to the Nets lineup lasted all of nine games after missing 26 with a shoulder impingement. He averaged 26 points per game during his brief return, including a 54-point showcase on Friday night against the Chicago Bulls.
Faced with more time without their star, expect the Nets to turn to Spencer Dinwiddie once again to carry the offense while Irving recovers. Dinwiddie posted 24.8 points per game when Irving was dealing with his shoulder issue.