The Nets avoided a catastrophe, as Kyrie Irving's MRI revealed only a "medial ligament strain" in his right knee, the team announced. He will be re-evaluated in one week.
Brooklyn announced Saturday night that Irving had suffered a knee sprain, but many expected the worst when the star point guard clutched at his right knee in pain after getting tangled up with Bradley Beal in the fourth quarter. As the two went down to the ground fighting for the ball, Irving's leg ended up bent in an awkward position underneath Beal.
Once the play was ruled a jump ball, Irving rolled over on the floor and was noticeably writhing in pain and grabbing his leg. After getting up, stretching out his leg and losing the jump ball, Irving subbed out of the game and went back to the locker room immediately.
The Nets couldn't handle the Wizards down the stretch without their leader and ultimately fell 113-107, but that's just a small part to their night considering Irving's injury.
This could've been a bigger blow for the Nets, who only just got Irving back on Jan. 12 from a two-month absence due to a shoulder impingement. Irving was coming off a 54-point performance Friday night that he dedicated to the late Kobe Bryant.