With the start of the mail season playing just around the corner, injury problems continue with the Brooklyn Nets. During their game against the Chicago Bulls Tuesday night, Nets guard Kyrie Irving took a hard elbow from Nikola Vucevic in the face in the third quarter. Irving remained on the field for several minutes before finally leaving the game and returning to the locker room. Net’s All-Star was later excluded the rest of the game with a facial disorder.
After Net’s victory, Steve Nash approached the media and said that Irving had shown no signs of concussion, which is certainly a positive development for Brooklyn when the regular season wins out.
“No sign of concussion. He had an x-ray which was not essential, so we’ll really just have to look for it in the morning. He’s probably going to be scanned again and all that when we get home and we take it from there. “
Irving finished the game with 13 points, five assists and three rebounds in 21 minutes of action. You can see the piece where the damage occurred below:
The Nets are already without James Harden, who has been sidelined since the end of March with a hamstring injury. Harden is reportedly close to a return to action, but now the Nets have another injury problem to worry about, though the severity of Irving’s injury is unknown. Brooklyn’s All-Star trio of Irving, Harden and Kevin Durant have still only played seven overall matches together, and at this point they may not be able to increase that number before the playoffs.
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Despite all the injuries they have suffered throughout the season, the Nets will still end up in the top three at the conference, no matter what goes on for the rest of their regular season. So now their goal should just be to get all their core players back on the floor for post-season games. The network is without a doubt the most talented team in the entire NBA, and they will have to pay for that talent to win in the end because they certainly have not had the opportunity to develop much chemistry on the field up to this point.