Update, June 18th — The Nets have ruled out Irving for Game 7 vs. the Bucks on Saturday due to an ankle injury that has held him out for basically the past three games of the series. Brooklyn wasn’t able to wrap things up on Thursday night in Game 6, losing on the road. The Bucks have a shot to come back and advance with a win at Barclays Center.
Update, June 16th — The Nets have ruled Irving out for Game 6 vs. the Bucks on Thursday. The Nets picked up a huge 114-108 win in Game 5 on Tuesday behind a historic performance from Kevin Durant, who scored 49 points with 17 rebounds and 10 assists while playing the entire game.
Update, June 15th — The Nets are preparing to be without Irving for the remainder of their second-round series vs. the Bucks, Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday afternoon. The Nets could get James Harden back in the lineup on Tuesday in Game 5, per reports. He’s planning on returning from a hamstring injury. Irving’s ankle doesn’t appear to be 100 percent and we won’t see the PG return until at least the Eastern Conference Finals, if the Nets can advance.
Update, June 14th — Irving has been ruled out for Game 5 of the second round vs. the Bucks on Tuesday night, Shams Charania reported on Monday afternoon. Irving didn’t play the second half of the Game 4 loss and the series is now tied 2-2. The Nets will be without James Harden and Irving for at least one game with the series in the balance.
Update — The Nets have ruled Irving out for the rest of Game 4 with an ankle injury. Brooklyn ended up losing the game 107-96, so the series is even at 2-2. Irving missed the entire second half. The Nets did get some good news. Irving’s X-Rays came back negative and he’ll undergo further testing and treatment, according to coach Steve Nash.
Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving left Game 4 against the Milwaukee Bucks in the second quarter with an ankle injury. Irving appeared to land awkwardly on his right ankle and struggled to get up after a layup attempt. He went to the locker room.
Irving was 5-11 from the field with 11 points prior to the injury. He also had five rebounds and two assists. With the Nets already down James Harden due to a hamstring, Irving being sidelined is another massive blow for the team.
Jeff Green, who was active for Game 4 after being sidelined since Game 2 in Boston, entered the game for Irving when he left.
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Bucks are currently -6 and could see additional action with Irving’s departure. The over/under has moved to 214.5 due to the lack of scoring, something the Nets might continue to experience if Irving doesn’t return.
If Brooklyn’s star guard doesn’t return, expect Kevin Durant to command a majority of Milwaukee’s attention defensively and force the Nets’ supporting cast to make shots.