Kyrie Irving left Friday’s game between the Mavericks and the Portland Trail Blazers after sustaining a right foot injury late in the second quarter.
The Mavs’ PR team announced late in the third that Irving would not return to the game at Portland’s Moda Center.
Kyrie Irving (right foot) will not return to tonight's game in Portland.— Mavs PR (@MavsPR) December 9, 2023
Irving was hurt on a drive to the basket with just under four minutes left to play before halftime. He was fouled and ended up on his rear end under the basket.
In the aftermath of the play, Mavs’ backup center Dwight Powell crashed in trying to poke the ball out for a rebound when the ref’s whistle was blown.
DP falls on Kyrie's leg/ankle pic.twitter.com/kf0DkKRREp— MavsHighlights (@MavsHighlights) December 9, 2023
As Powell’s momentum carried him into Portland center Duop Reath, Powell tumbled over Reath and landed with the full force of his body weight onto Irving’s right leg and ankle.
Irving missed two games earlier this year with a left foot sprain.
Irving limped to the free-throw line and nailed two free throws to give the Mavs a 56-46 lead after being examined by Mavs trainers, then limped to the locker room. He had 11 points in the first half and was aggressive in getting into the lane before he went down with the injury.
Dallas coach Jason Kidd didn’t offer any additional details on the injury during postgame interviews.
“It’s just a right foot injury,” Kidd said. “That’s all I can tell you. We’ll know more tomorrow.”
Here’s hoping this one isn’t quite as serious as it looked in real-time.