Nets celebrity Kevin Durant has been forced to depart Brooklyn’s game at the Miami Heat on Sunday early in the first quarter with what the group called a left thigh contusion.
Following the match, which Miami won 109-107 on a Bam Adebayo buzzer-beater, Nets coach Steve Nash stated Durant will be reevaluated Monday morning to ascertain if any further testing or imaging is needed.
“He’s sore,” Nash said. “But we do not understand how intense. We’ll see tomorrow how he wakes up and move from there.”
Nash said that he was”imagining” the plan is for Durant to continue with the Nets in their visit to New Orleans but that he had not been fully debriefed by Brooklyn’s health staff when speaking to reporters.
Durant left the game and was analyzed by a trainer before going into the Nets locker room.
Durant exited with eight points in only over four minutes. He’d to miss from the field.
“Any time one of our teammates moves , any time something like that occurs, it is certainly going to have a hit to us,” Nets guard Kyrie Irving explained. “And he’s only gotten back. We only pray that it’s not too serious and he is in a position to recuperate, but it definitely has a hit on the persistence, sometimes”
Durant, who has had a couple bouts with injury this season, returned to the Nets on April 8 after missing nearly two weeks with a ideal hamstring strain. He came off the bench in that match.
The Nets continue to be without James Harden, that has missed a week and a half with a right hamstring strain. Harden worked out in Miami on Saturday, and he’s progressing toward a recurrence, Nash explained.
The Nets’ Big Three of Durant, Harden and Irving have played just seven matches together this year.
“We’ve had plenty of men out of the lineup. … Nothing new for us,” Nash explained.
Following Sunday’s competition, Nets forward Jeff Green said that while he had not gotten a opportunity to talk to Durant, he knows Durant is”bummed that it has happened regularly during the last few weeks, and he just wants to be out there playing.”
“If they do return,” Green said,”we’ve just got to prepare ourselves for what will be the next plans for — whether that’s the next 10 games in the conclusion of the year or come playoffs. So, when everyone’s healthy, that is when we will look down the road and see what we got to go up against.”