The Brooklyn Nets would be without two of their “Big Three” when they line up to face the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 5 of their second-round playoff series on Tuesday.
Kyrie Irving has been ruled out Tuesday’s game after an MRI confirmed that he suffered a sprained right ankle in Sunday’s Game 4. James Harden, who strained a hamstring in Game 1, also remains out of the contest that would be held at Barclays Center.
With Irving and Harden out due to injury, all eyes would be on the third member of the “Big Three.” Kevin Durant. The Nets won four of the five games in which Durant was the sole member of the Big Three to play. Brooklyn won those games by an average of 9.4 points.
“I’ve just got to be prepared to do everything out there just like any night,” Durant said to reporters ahead of Game 5. “We definitely weren’t planning on not having our guys at this time,” Durant said. “But, we’re all pros and we have to adapt to any situation.”
Irving played a part in Game 4 but was injured midway through the second quarter Sunday when he landed awkwardly on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s foot after making a layup over Jrue Holiday.
Now, the coach of the Brooklyn Nets, Steve Nash has said he is unsure if Irving would be fit to play before the series concludes.
“I have to wait and see how it progresses, I think,” Nets’ Coach Nash said to ESPN. “And then the experts would have to wait and see how it progresses and give you a clearer picture on what the window would be for his [Kyrie Irving] return.”
Nash also disclosed that Harden was working out as he was speaking to reporters Monday. On Sunday, Nash said that the team would try to approach the injuries as isolated incidents and not let Irving’s ankle sprain rush Harden back to the floor before his hamstring is fully healed.