Nets’ Irving out vs. 76ers due to personal reasons

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Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving did not play against the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night due to personal reasons.

Speaking to reporters an hour and 45 minutes before tipoff, coach Steve Nash said he “just found out” that Irving would not be playing.

“I sent him a message in the last half hour and haven’t heard back yet,” Nash said. “But obviously thinking about him and hope that all is well. It’s a private matter.”

Kevin Durant, who is in quarantine after being exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, was also out against the Sixers. Nash said that if Durant continues to test negative, he could be available to play in Sunday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Nets were also without Tyler Johnson, who has been placed in the league’s health and safety protocols. Nash said that Johnson has not tested positive for coronavirus, but is not playing while he goes through contact tracing. It is unrelated, Nash said, to Durant being out.

Nic Claxton (knee tendinopathy), Spencer Dinwiddie (partially torn right ACL) and Reggie Perry (left groin soreness) were also out for Brooklyn.

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