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Nets' Kyrie Irving misses game vs. 76ers for 'personal reasons'

Kyrie Irving of the Nets battles for the

Kyrie Irving of the Nets battles for the ball during the first quarter against Mike Conley of the Jazz at Barclays Center on Tuesday. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Kyrie Irving missed the Nets’ 122-109 win over the 76ers on Thursday night at Barclays Center. Before the game, coach Steve Nash said he had no idea what Irving’s reason was beyond the official explanation of "personal reasons."

Asked why Irving was unavailable, Nash said, "I don’t know. I sent him a message. I just found out. I just sent him a message and I haven’t heard back yet. Obviously, thinking about him, and hope all is well and, yeah, it’s a private matter."

On another superstar front, Nash said Kevin Durant, who is in quarantine after being exposed to someone with COVID-19, might be back in less than seven days. Durant originally was expected to miss four games and return Tuesday against the Nuggets at Barclays Center, but Nash sounds as if he expects Durant to play Sunday at home against the Thunder.

"I think Kevin’s situation is that, if he continues to test negative, he can play Sunday," Nash said. "That’s all I have on that. But hopefully, can’t wait for Sunday to come."

n Nash: Fight for equality

The rioting by supporters of President Donald Trump in Washington on Wednesday had ramifications among NBA players. Nash said he was unsure of player reaction because the events happened after practice.

"I’m sure it’s on everyone’s mind," he said. "The obvious and flagrant disparity in the way these situations are treated [compared to Black Lives Matter protests], and we all are in lockstep as to how unequal these situations in society are treated. That’s why players in the league have continued to fight for change and social justice, and here we are again. This is going to be a long fight, a long battle to reach equality."

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