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Irving sits out seventh straight game as Nets host Bucks

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving missed a seventh straight game when the Brooklyn Nets hosted the Milwaukee Bucks. The Nets hoped their point guard would be able to return for the showdown of Eastern Conference powers. They listed him as questionable in Sunday’s injury report. Irving was downgraded to out on Monday afternoon. Irving’s absence began when he missed a victory over Philadelphia on Jan. 7 for personal reasons. He was eligible to rejoin the Nets on Saturday after completing a five-day quarantine, but coach Steve Nash said the team wanted to make sure he ramped up his conditioning carefully after missing so much time.

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