After the Nets revealed Sunday that Kyrie Irving's knee injury from Saturday's 113-107 loss to the Wizards (17-31) was a sprain and not a tear, Brooklyn's star point guard expanded on the medial ligament sprain diagnosis.
Taking to Instagram later Sunday evening, Irving shared a story that showed white text on a black screen, typing out the following message exactly as it appears below.
"I appreciate everyone reaching out!" Irving wrote. "I'll be okay after last nights tweak with my knee. Honestly, what a scare, but I know God and the angels definitely looked out for me on that one! The Marathon Continues though, gotta keep the same focus and determination to get back out there when I'm Healthy! What a week of Challenges, but I trust in the Divine Purpose of life!"
Irving added, on its own line at the bottom of the post, "The Journey is the Reward."
Following the game Saturday evening, Irving appeared to be frustrated with the injury but relieved that he escaped anything more serious upon meeting reporters in his postgame availability.
"What a week ... I'm OK, though," Irving said.
Kyrie sends his appreciation after he left last night's game with an apparent injury. pic.twitter.com/Y91kv3pl2Z- NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) February 2, 2020
Irving scored 11 points on 5-of-12 shooting, including a 1-for-5 clip on three-pointers, with four rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes.
He got tangled with Wizards guard Bradley Beal in the fourth quarter and his right leg got caught underneath the tumble.
Irving, who was coming off a season-high 54 points in Friday's 133-118 win over the Chicago Bulls (19-33), will be re-evaluated one week from now.
"I've done some pretty things to my knee in the past," said Irving, whom the Nets (21-27) ruled out officially for Monday's 7:30 p.m. home game against the Phoenix Suns (20-29). "So I just wanted to make sure my ACL, my MCL and my PCL and just make sure that our medical staff did their check. And the most important thing was just my ACL, making sure it was fine. But it was just a weird, weird, weird, weird fall. Just a lot of stretching and tension afterwards and just a bad fall, man."