The Nets have gotten by for much of this season without Kyrie Irving, and they’re going to have to figure out how to do it again.

Irving will be out for at least a week with a medial ligament sprain, and easily could miss more time. That means All-Star snub Spencer Dinwiddie is going to have to run the point while Garrett Temple and Caris LeVert pick up the slack.

“I always say this, we pay 17 guys on the roster,” coach Kenny Atkinson said. “A guy goes down, that’s our job. You have to step up. You have to step up to the level of that player you’re replacing or better.

“That’s our goal. That’s where we want to get to. … We have sufficient talent in there and good guys and good players. Guys will have to step up.”

They aren’t likely to be at Irving’s level, but Dinwiddie can be close. He’s averaging 21.5 points and 6.5 assists, and in 33 starts this season, he boosted those numbers to 23.0 and 7.1, filling Irving’s shoes.

“I don’t know the diagnosis, I don’t know if he’s out or how long he’s out or anything like that,” Dinwiddie had said before the MRI results were revealed. “We’ll play it by ear, and whatever my role is, that’s what I’ll try to do.”

Spencer Dinwiddie (l) and Kyrie Irving
Spencer Dinwiddie and Kyrie IrvingPaul J. Bereswill

While the Nets are 13-15 in games Irving has missed, they have lost their past two without him and nine of their last 10. It dispels the narrative that they are better without him.

“I think a lot of NBA teams go through this. We can’t use that as an excuse,” Atkinson said. “Obviously, we’re a much better team with him. [But] as I said, we’ve been through this before.

“I think guys will step up. Now guys will have an opportunity. Obviously there will be some wing minutes and some point guard minutes to be had. Guys are going to have to fill in. Again, not play just filler minutes, play to a certain level that we need to keep us afloat.”

The Nets said Sunday that Irving will be reevaluated in a week. They host Phoenix and Golden State during the week, then play at Toronto on Saturday and at Indiana next Monday. The Nets host the Raptors Feb. 12 in the last game before the All-Star break.

Temple had 17 points and five rebounds Saturday, logging a team-high 36:30. He may have to put in several more marathon outings until Irving returns. Expect LeVert to see his minutes climb as well.

“We have to try to regroup; we’ve been in this situation before,” Temple said. “Try to regroup. [Irving] was able to walk and stuff like that, so hopefully it’s not that bad.”