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Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving ruled out for Game 6 vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Jun 13, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) grabs his leg after being injured during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks during game four in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA injury hits keep on coming. That now includes Brooklyn Nets star guard Kyrie Irving already being ruled out for Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals series against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.

Nets head coach Steve Nash broke the news to the media one day after Brooklyn took a 3-2 series lead by virtue of an historical performance from Kevin Durant.

Kyrie Irving suffered a sprained ankle on this ugly-looking play midway through the second quarter of Game 4. The All-NBA Third-Team performer was seen leaving the arena on crutches while sporting a walking boot. It stands to reason that the series is over for Irving.

On the other hand, James Harden returned for the Nets in Game 5 after reaggravating his hamstring injury in the series opener. The former NBA MVP responded by shooting 1-of-10 in 46 minutes of action. It’s abundantly clear that Harden is nowhere near 100%.

Even then, Brooklyn sports a 3-2 series lead against the Bucks heading into Milwaukee for Game 6. That was made possible by the aforementioned Durant, who dropped 49 points on 16-of-23 shooting while grabbing 17 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists Tuesday evening.

The hope here for these Nets is that they can close out the Bucks Thursday evening and have a bit of time for both Kyrie Irving and James Harden to get healthy before the conference finals.