Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving left Tuesday’s game against the Chicago Bulls early in the third quarter with a facial contusion after a hard collision under the basket.
With about 10 minutes remaining, Irving took a hard shot to the face from Chicago center Nikola Vucevic’s left elbow as both players jockeyed for a rebound off a missed 3-pointer by Blake Griffin. Irving was down on the sideline for a few minutes before walking to the locker room.
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Almost immediately, the Nets ruled him out for the remainder of the game.
This is even more unfortunate injury news around the NBA during a season that has been defined by star players missing a ton of action.
As for Kyrie Irving and his Nets, injuries have also been the name of the game. Since acquiring James Harden in a trade early in the season, the star trio of Irving, Harden and Kevin Durant have suited up in less than 10 games together.
Harden is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury and there’s no timeline for his return,. Further updates should be provided on Irving here soon.
Boasting a 45-24 record following Tuesday’s win over the Chicago Bulls, these Nets are likely going to be the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. They have just three games remaining in the regular season.
(Field Level Media contributed to this report)