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Kyrie Irving tweaks ankle, calls out Blazers’ Nassir Little for ‘unnecessary’ dive

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Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving appeared to roll his ankle on a scary play in the fourth quarter of Monday’s game in Portland but remained in the game, and afterward called out Blazers forward Nassir Little for what Irving felt was an ‘unnecessary’ play.

Irving and Little chased after a loose ball that was rolling out of bounds and had gone off Irving. Little raced alongside Irving and slid to try and gain possession, but as he went to the ground Irving had to leap to avoid his leg being taken out from under him. Little continued sliding as Irving landed, and Kyrie tweaked his left ankle upon impact. Irving called it a “bad play,” but said he had nothing against Little personally.

Irving also said he would be ready to play on Wednesday against the Bulls.

Little defended himself on Twitter on Tuesday morning, tweeting that people are “delusional” if they believe the dive was unnecessary.

The Blazers went on to win the game, 114-108.

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