The Brooklyn Nets (27-15) scratched Kyrie Irving (right calf soreness) from the lineup hours before their matchup with the San Antonio Spurs (13-31) on Tuesday night. Despite the downgrade to Out, Irving isn't too much to worry about moving forward.
During his pregame media availability, Nets head coach Jake Von provided some updates on Irving and his injury. The superstar guard's calf pain is considered day-to-day.
He reports just a little tightness. It's basically day-to-day," Vaughn told reporters pregame. "He'll get some treatment and get tested tomorrow, and hopefully it's short-term.
Tuesday's matchup vs. San Antonio will mark the 11th game Irving will miss this season. The only other game he missed due to injury was also due to a sore right calf.
Brooklyn's superstar guard dealt with calf soreness earlier this season. Two hours before the Nets' matchup vs. the Golden State Warriors on December 21st, Irving reported calf stiffness following his pregame warmup and was scratched from the lineup late.
Acknowledging the injury history with Irving and calf soreness, there isn't much concern from the team this time around. After Irving receives treatment for the injury, the guard is expected to suit up against the Phoenix Suns (21-24) on Thursday, January 19.
I hope so, it's definitely hope," Vaughn replied. "A day later, he'll get some treatment and hopefully be ready to go against Phoenix.
There is also some news on Brooklyn's cornerstone, Kevin Durant (separated MCL sprain - right knee). The superstar forward, who is expected to be sidelined until the second week of February, did not travel with Brooklyn.