Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving ruled out, James Harden ready for Game 6

Jun 1, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets shooting guard James Harden (13) reacts after a basket against the Boston Celtics during the second quarter of game five of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Kyrie Irving will remain sidelined with a right ankle sprain Thursday night when the Brooklyn Nets visit the Milwaukee Bucks for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

ESPN reported that coach Steve Nash said Irving will get treatment in Brooklyn and not travel with the team.

Nash also said, however, that James Harden emerged well from his 46-minute effort Tuesday night when the Nets won 114-108 to take a 3-2 lead in the series and will again be available for Thursday.

Harden had been held out for three games with a hamstring injury that he suffered in the first minute of Game 1 of the series.

Nash had said before Game 5 that he didn’t know whether Irving would be available for the remainder of the playoffs. On Wednesday he noted that the seven-time NBA All-Star has yet to return to any on-court work.

–Field Level Media