Nets announce an MRI this morning confirmed that Kyrie Irving suffered a right knee sprain. He will be re-evaluated in a week.— Alex Schiffer (@Alex__Schiffer) February 2, 2020
The good news is that Irving doesn’t have a torn ACL/MCL, so this shouldn’t be a season-ending injury. It’s still concerning, though, since Irving just returned from a shoulder impingement that caused him to miss almost two months. With Kevin Durant recovering from a torn Achilles, the Nets have no need to risk further injury to one of its stars. With that said, we’ll see if Irving can make a swift recovery and get back onto the court.
Fantasy basketball analysis: Brooklyn Nets PG Kyrie Irving
Not that we wanted to see Irving injured again, but congrats to any Spencer Dinwiddie fantasy basketball owners. Dinwiddie should get back into the starting lineup and we saw how he killed it with Kyrie sidelined from Nov. 14 to Jan. 12. In the month of December, Dinwiddie averaged 27 points and 6.8 assists in 13 games. With Irving banged up last night vs. the Wiz, we saw Dinwiddie step up and score 26 points with six assists and four rebounds. Dinwiddie is a must-start in fantasy with no Irving.
As for other players who could see a boost, Caris LeVert comes to mind. He’s been getting eased back into action for what seems like a while now, going the entire month of January averaging 22.9 minutes per game. LeVert will need to pick up more slack in the back court with Irving out, so I could see him getting consistently 25-28 minutes per game moving forward.