'Off the grid': Mystery surrounds NBA star's unexplained absence

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Kyrie Irving (pictured) looking frustrated during a game.
Kyrie Irving (pictured) is "off the grid" according to reports after missing a number of games for the Nets. (Getty Images)

The NBA world have been left questioning where Kyrie Irving is after the Nets point guard missed yet another game.

Irving is expected to miss a fourth straight game on Tuesday and Nets coach Steve Nash added to the mystery to why the point guard is missing.

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“I do not have any updates, sorry,” Nash said after team practice.

Irving missed three games last week due to ‘personal reasons’ and is not expected to line-up against Denver.

Adding to the mystery is the uncertainty to whether Irving will have to quarantine when he returns to training with his teammates and coaching staff.

ESPN reporter claimed Irving was “off the grid” and there wasn’t much news as a result.

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Dumas also claimed a source told him Irving sat out the game, due to what happened with the US Capitol riots.

Irving’s troubled first season at Nets

Irving signed with the Nets for a reported $200 million four-year deal.

But the star point guard could only muster 20 games in the opening season before a shoulder injury ruled him out.

Despite Irving being “off the grid” he did break his silence with an Instagram post for his father.

Only last week, Nash said he was unaware of Irving’s absence.

Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Barclays Center on January 10, 2021.
Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Barclays Center on January 10, 2021. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

"I don't know. I sent him a message. I just found out so I just sent him a message in the last half hour and haven't heard back yet," Nash told reporters.

"Obviously thinking about him and hope all is well and, yeah, it's a private matter.”

Irving's absence comes at a time that the team has been without forward Kevin Durant due to Covid-19 health and safety protocols.

Since then, Durant has returned to the team from his quarantine.

Irving is averaging 27.1 points, 6.1 assists and 5.3 rebounds in seven games this season for the Nets (4-4).

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