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Kevin Durant issues strong statement on Kyrie Irving continuing to miss games

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The Brooklyn Nets got one of their superstars back on Sunday as Kevin Durant was finally cleared from his COVID-19 precautionary quarantine and was able to suit up against his old team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. The former MVP picked up where he left off before sitting out the past three games for Brooklyn and led his team with a season-high of 36 points and 11 rebounds. Durant’s big return was clouded by a 129-116 loss against the Thunder plus another issue that has been looming over Brooklyn for the past week.

Durant’s partner-in-crime, Kyrie Irving, was still MIA. For the third game in a row, Irving was nowhere to be found and was reportedly missing the game again for personal reasons.

“I won’t speak on Kyrie. I’ll let him do that for himself,” Durant said after Sunday’s loss (via SNY). “I’m sure you guys will see him soon whenever he comes back. We support him 100 percent and pray for the best.”

Irving’s absence has been a huge question mark for the Nets. His reluctance to talk to the media has seemingly made matters even worse. With everyone else but Kyrie speaking for him (or not speaking for him in Durant’s case), everyone has put their own spin on Irving’s status.

One of the reasons that have come up with Irving’s absence is the recent riot inside the US Capitol last Wednesday. The six-time All-Star decided not to fly out with the team to Memphis and has chosen to skip all of Brooklyn’s three games since with the Nets notching a 2-1 record during that stretch.