In a bit of good news for Brooklyn Nets fans, initial X-rays on Kyrie Irving's injured ankle showed a negative result, per Malika Andrews of ESPN.
Irving suffered the injury midway through the second quarter of the Nets' Game 4 showdown with the Milwaukee Bucks. After attacking the rim for a lay-up, he had an awkward landing after Giannis Antetokounmpo put his foot on Kyrie's landing spot. The Brooklyn playmaker then accidentally stepped on Giannis' foot, and he rolled his ankle as he went down in pain.
Irving then limped off to the locker room and was eventually ruled out with a right ankle sprain.
The X-Rays on Kyrie Irving's ankle were negative, Steve Nash says. He will undergo further testing and treatment.
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) June 13, 2021
As head coach Steve Nash noted, Kyrie Irving will undergo more tests to determine the extent of his injury. With that said, given how the injury looked on videos, it is likely the veteran guard will miss Game 5 of the series.
Kyrie Irving goes down hard after the lay-up, grabs his right leg.
Hope it's nothing serious 🙏🏽pic.twitter.com/Nb47vIsIYb
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) June 13, 2021
Of course, the Nets won't rush Irving back given that sprained ankles can be tricky and could get worse if it is not 100 percent healed. The last thing the team needs is missing Irving for far longer than necessary.
Hopefully though, the former Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics star will not need to be sidelined for long before being able to make a return. With James Harden also nursing a hamstring injury, the Nets need all the help they can get.
Kevin Durant will be tasked to carry Brooklyn if his two running mates end up missing the next couple of games. Nonetheless, the other role players like Bruce Brown, Joe Harris, and Blake Griffin certainly need to elevate their game and help KD in a bid to regain the Nets' lead over the Bucks.