Kevin Durant’s hamstring injury will now keep him out through the All-Star break

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NEW YORK — Two games has turned into more than two weeks.

Nets star Kevin Durant’s “mild” left hamstring strain is more severe than originally expected, and Brooklyn, rightfully so, is playing it safe. A routine follow-up MRI determined Durant requires “an additional recovery period” that will keep him out through the March 5-10 NBA All-Star break.

If this timeframe holds, Durant will miss nine regular-season games due to this injury, plus the March 7 All-Star Game.

“The latest images provided a clearer picture of the hamstring and while we are confident that Durant will return at full strength, this extra recovery time will allow him to perform at the level at which he has been playing this season once he returns,” the Nets said in a statement. “Durant will continue to undergo rehabilitation and will be re-assessed following the break.”

The news comes just days after Nets head coach Steve Nash voiced confidence Durant would be able to return before the All-Star break.

“Yeah, I do, but again, we’re just trying to monitor and be cautious,” Nash said after the Nets beat the Kings on Tuesday in Barclays Center’s first game with fans this season. “We definitely have kind of slowed things down in that respect, not putting any pressure on him, not trying to rush him back in any capacity and just make sure that we give him the right amount of time to be more than healed, to be strong and conditioned to come back to the team. So we’re monitoring it. We’re not in a rush, but I don’t think he’ll be out until the All-Star break.”

Nash has maintained he does not believe Durant’s injury is long-term, but the Nets star, when all is said and done will have been off the court at least 26 days, provided he plays in Brooklyn’s first game after the All-Star break against the Celtics on March 11.

“So still just trying to regain that strength and his rehabilitation. Like I keep saying, I don’t think this is a long-term thing, but there is elements of maybe it taking a few more days than we thought or just being cautious,” Nash said in Phoenix on Feb. 16. “I think right now both are necessary. I don’t think he’s ready, I think he needs more time but we’re also definitely going to be cautious.”

The Nets have played well without their superstar forward. They are the hottest team in the league, winners of eight in a row, thanks largely to the James Harden trade that has bolstered a backcourt that already featured star guard Kyrie Irving. Durant only played in one of those games, his first game on the road against the Golden State Warriors since his trade to Brooklyn.

Durant was named Eastern Conference All-Star team captain, hauling in the NBA’s second-most votes behind Lakers star LeBron James. Durant only found out that he would be out through the All-Star break on Friday, a league source told the Daily News. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Pacers star Domantas Sabonis as Durant’s injury replacement.

The league has not yet made a decision whether the All-Star team will still be named Team Durant, or whether Durant will still draft his team for this year’s All-Star Game. Giannis Antetokounmpo was the East’s second-highest All-Star vote-getter, and Durant’s teammate Kyrie Irving was also named an All-Star starter.