Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving did not play in Tuesday’s 106-98 loss to the San Antonio Spurs because of right calf soreness.
Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said he does not believe the injury is serious and that he is hopeful Irving will be able to play in Thursday’s game against the Phoenix Suns. Vaughn said Irving will not need an MRI.
“Just reported a little tightness,” Vaughn said before the game. “It’s essentially just day to day. We’ll check on him [Wednesday], and hopefully this is short-term.”
Seth Curry started in Irving’s place, and scored 16 points with seven rebounds and two assists.
The Tuesday matchup vs. San Antonio will mark the 11th game Irving will miss this season. The only other game he missed due to injury was also due to right calf soreness.
Brooklyn’s superstar guard dealt with calf soreness earlier this season. Two hours before the Nets matchup vs. the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 21, Irving reported calf tightness after his pregame warmups and was a late scratch from the lineup.
Acknowledging the injury history with Irving and calf soreness, there isn’t much worry from the team this time around. After Irving receives treatment for the injury, the hope is that the guard suits up against the Phoenix Suns (21-24) on Thursday, Jan. 19.
There is also some news with Brooklyn’s cornerstone, Kevin Durant (isolated MCL sprain – right knee). The superstar forward, who is projected to be sidelined till the second week of February, did not travel with Brooklyn.
Instead of being with the Nets on their three-game West Coast trip, he remained in the borough to focus on his rehab. The team returns back to the East Coast following their matchup vs. the Warriors on Sunday, Jan. 22.
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