The Brooklyn Nets knew they would be without Kevin Durant against the Philadelphia 76ers last night. However, Kyrie Irving’s absence came as a surprise.
One source close to Irving’s camp told The Association that Irving did not play because he is protesting against the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, and the lack of repercussions for the police officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor.
“Kyrie is very upset about everything that is going on in this country,” the source added.
He will also miss tonight’s matchup against Memphis tonight.
“I don’t know,” Nets coach Steve Nash said a few moments before tip-off when asked why Irving didn’t show up. “I just found out.”
Without their dynamic duo, the Nets had quite the challenge ahead of them, and they prevailed. The 76ers still have the best record in the NBA, but the Nets dominated them in a 122-109 win.
The Nets and Sixers play again on February 6. Perhaps Kyrie will be there next time.