Brooklyn has gone 2-4 so far without Kevin Durant, and not surprisingly the Nets are struggling to score even with Kyrie Irving taking on a larger load — they have a 107.8 offensive rating over those six games, fourth worst in the league.
They will need to find a way to generate offense for a while longer. While Durant is “progressing well” from his sprained knee and will be re-evaluated again in two more weeks — which means he will be out a little longer than that.
As for a return timeline, the Nets are hoping before the All-Star break, allowing Durant to play in the All-Star Game, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic. However, should the Nets do that, or should they tell Durant “stay out until after the All-Star break, get a little extra rest, and be ready to go for the season’s stretch run?” Durant himself will have a say in this and he may not want to miss the All-Star Game, he loves to compete.
Durant missed 21 games around the same time last season when Bruce Brown fell into Durant’s other knee on another fluke play. This injury does not appear to be as serious.
Durant has played at an MVP level this season, averaging 30 points a game with an insane 67.5 true shooting percentage, plus adding 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists a night. He has been at the heart of Brooklyn’s turnaround this season, and the Nets need him back and healthy to make a playoff run in an East deep with good teams at the top.
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