No word on Irving’s return to Nets, who play Denver Tuesday

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Utah Jazz’s Royce O’Neale, right, defends Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in New York. Irving has missed the past three games for personal reasons and it is unclear if he will return to the Brooklynn lineup for its Tuesday game against the Denver Nuggets. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK | The timing of Kyrie Irving’s return to the Brooklyn Nets remains unknown, with coach Steve Nash saying Monday he had no update on the point guard’s status.

Irving has missed the last three games for personal reasons. Nash has said it’s a private matter and has refused to discuss Irving’s absence in detail.

He did say that he believed Irving was tested for the coronavirus on Sunday, though he wasn’t sure about Monday. Whether Irving has continued to be tested during his time away could determine how quickly he would be eligible to play upon his return.

The Nets have lost two of their three games without Irving. Kevin Durant missed two of them because of the NBA’s health and safety protocols for COVID-19 before returning Sunday in a 129-116 loss to Oklahoma City.

Brooklyn’s next game is Tuesday against Denver.

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