Kyrie Irving misses Thursday's game against 76ers due to personal reasons; won't play Friday vs. Grizzlies

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Kyrie Irving looks toward right with smirk
Kyrie Irving looks toward right with smirk

Kyrie Irving did not play in Thursday's win over the Philadelphia 76ers due to personal reasons, and Irving will also sit out of Friday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Nets head coach Steve Nash said before the game that he had reached out to Irving but hadn't gotten a response. 

After the Nets' 122-109 win over the Sixers, a Brooklyn spokesperson confirmed to reporters that Irving was not making the trip to Memphis with the rest of his teammates, as the Nets went straight from Barclays Center to the airport.

In his seven games this season, Irving is averaging 27.1 points per game, a tick below his 27.4 in 20 games played last year.

The Nets are already without Kevin Durant as he quarantines himself after potential COVID-19 exposure, and Spencer Dinwiddie, who tore his ACL in the third game of the season. Nash said that if all goes well, the hope is that Durant can return on Sunday against Oklahoma City.

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