The Nets have listed both Kyrie Irving and LaMarcus Aldridge out for Monday’s game against the Timberwolves, leaving only Kevin Durant of the “Big Three” available and he’s likely to be on a minutes restriction.
Irving will miss Monday’s contest due to a “personal absence which is family related” according to the team. The Nets guard has missed a total of 10 games this season due to two personal absences prior to Sunday’s news. The length of his latest personal absence was not undisclosed. Nor was there any detail related to the family matters.
Prior to the news, Irving posted two tweets. It is, of course, uncertain whether either are related.
The N-word is a derogatory racial slur!— K.A.I A11Even (@KyrieIrving) April 11, 2021
It will never be...
-a term of endearment
NEVER FORGET ITS FOUL AND TRUE HISTORY!
Throw that N-word out the window, right alongside all of those other racist words used to describe my people.
We are not slaves or N’s
All praises to God(Allah). I pray this world finally cleanses itself from the inside. God has seen enough from these Devils running around here confusing and dividing people up. The Brain washing, the indoctrination, the conditioning that we all went through is coming to an end.— K.A.I A11Even (@KyrieIrving) April 11, 2021
Aldridge was ruled out due to an illness that is non-COVID-related. The 6’11” big man has started for the Nets the past five games while DeAndre Jordan, who previously started at the five for Brooklyn, has not played in the past five games.
The Nets backcourt will not include James Harden, who will miss his third straight game (excluding the four minutes he played against the Knicks) and Tyler Johnson, who is rehabbing right knee soreness and is expected to miss at least another week of play. Steve Nash ruled Johnson out for two-to-three weeks back on April 5 following an MRI on his right knee.