MRI Confirms Sprained Knee For Irving

Nets Point Guard To Be Re-Evaluated In 1 Week

Associated Press
February 02, 2020 - 11:50 am

The Nets will be without Kyrie Irving for at least a week after the star point guard sprained his right knee in Saturday night's game in Washington. 

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A night after scoring a season-high 54 points, Irving was forced to leave in the fourth quarter of the Nets' 113-107 loss to the Wizards. An MRI on Sunday confirmed he suffered a medial ligament sprain. He will be re-evaluated in one week, the team said. 

Irving, who missed nearly two months with a shoulder injury earlier in his first season with the Nets, has a history of injuries to his left knee. This mishap occurred with 5:31 remaining in the fourth quarter as he and Washington's Bradley Beal got tangled up on a held ball.

Irving was on the floor for several minutes, holding his right knee. After coming to his feet and remaining on the court for a jump ball -- in which he didn't jump -- Irving left the floor with a season-low 11 points.

Brooklyn Nets staff tends to guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the second half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena.
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"I've done some pretty decent things to my knee in the past," Irving said Saturday. "Just want to make sure my ACL, my MCL, and my PCL, just make sure that our medical staff did their check. The most important thing was just my ACL making sure it was fine. But it was just a weird, weird, weird, weird fall. Just felt a lot of stretching and tension afterwards and just a bad fall."

Irving said the injury was freakish.

"Brad's momentum just carried him underneath me," Irving said.

Irving was just 5-for -2 from the field.

"We did a good job with our game plan of making Kyrie a little frustrated, blitzing him," Beal said. "Kind of getting the ball out of his hands."

Irving missed Sunday's game against the Knicks after learning of Kobe Bryant's death.

"It's not irritating, man," Irving said. "It's just been one hell of a week, that's all." contributed to this report.