Kevin Durant officially out against Lakers on Christmas

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Marc Stein: The Nets say Kevin Durant is OUT for tomorrow’s Christmas Game against the Lakers.
Source: Twitter @TheSteinLine

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Now on @njdotcom
Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving ruled out of Nets-Lakers Christmas Day game due to COVID protocols nj.com/nets/2021/12/k…6:05 PM

Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
It’s official: no KD or Kyrie on XMas for the Nets pic.twitter.com/FEddAmsPYt5:35 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
Kevin Durant is officially out for the Christmas game against the Lakers. pic.twitter.com/pa7XmZZaH85:32 PM

Baxter Holmes @Baxter
The numbers could change, but, at the moment, it appears as many as 45 players across the 10 NBA teams slated to play tomorrow on Christmas are in the league’s health and safety protocols. That includes Trae Young, Luka Dončić and Kevin Durant. – 5:31 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
The #Nets have officially ruled Kevin Durant out for tomorrow’s Christmas Day game at the #Lakers. #NBA4:51 PM

Ian Begley @IanBegley
Kevin Durant is among the Nets out for tomorrow’s Christmas Day game against the Lakers, team says. Bruce Brown and James Johnson are available: pic.twitter.com/bGmwSuGTSR4:46 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kevin Durant will not clear the health and safety protocols in time for the Nets’ Christmas Day game against the Lakers. Durant needed two consecutive negative test results in a 24-hour period and was a longshot to play on Christmas after entering the protocols on Dec. 18. #Nets4:45 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Bruce Brown and James Johnson have cleared protocols and can play vs. Lakers tomorrow, per Nets. Kevin Durant remains out. – 4:45 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
The Brooklyn Nets say eight players are out in COVID-19 protocols tomorrow against the Lakers, including Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and LaMarcus Aldridge: pic.twitter.com/4ssKabxEYC4:45 PM

Malika Andrews @malika_andrews
The Nets will be without 8 players against the Lakers on Christmas Day — including Kevin Durant: pic.twitter.com/IvPm2OzY0s4:45 PM

Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Brooklyn Nets list Kevin Durant and others out for the Christmas Day showdown with the Los Angeles Lakers. pic.twitter.com/YjbJNpy9hD4:45 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
The Nets say seven players – LaMarcus Aldridge, David Duke Jr., Kevin Durant, Kessler Edwards, Kyrie Irving, Day’Ron Sharpe and Cam Thomas – remain in the protocols and out for tomorrow’s game against the Lakers, along with Joe Harris (ankle surgery). – 4:44 PM

Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge are amongst Nets players that won’t be featured in tomorrow’s Christmas Day showdown, the team says. pic.twitter.com/7NJPQsBkAS4:44 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Nets officially rule Kevin Durant out for Christmas as he remains in health and safety protocols. – 4:44 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Nets say that Bruce Brown adn James Johnson have both cleared the protocols and can play tomorrow vs the Lakers.
Kevin Durant remains out. – 4:44 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
The Nets say Kevin Durant is OUT for tomorrow’s Christmas Game against the Lakers. – 4:44 PM

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Nets list Kevin Durant (protocols) out for Christmas Day vs. Lakers. – 4:44 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
And here’s the latest on the Nets, James Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving heading into Christmas on SportsCenter today: pic.twitter.com/u9RspXSAwR3:04 PM

The Ringer @ringernba
The colorways on the KD 7 “Aunt Pearls” … whew! #FullCourtFits
👟: https://t.co/MGzZQcXy0N pic.twitter.com/AmtHZZ5HA01:30 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
The Nets will have James Harden on Christmas. Kevin Durant remains in protocols and Kyrie Irving won’t be traveling to LA espn.com/nba/story/_/id…1:13 PM

NBA Math @NBA_Math
Leaders in career TPA on Christmas Day, 1984-present:
1. LeBron James: 89.5
2. Kevin Durant: 84.8
3. Dwyane Wade: 62.4
4. James Harden: 60.1
5. Scottie Pippen: 56.5
6. Tracy McGrady: 41.1
7. Kawhi Leonard: 40.9
8. Michael Jordan: 39.7
https://t.co/QcfC0RwIbr pic.twitter.com/A28rlDUdJs1:00 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kevin Durant will officially miss #Nets‘ Christmas clash with #Lakers. #NBA nypost.com/2021/12/24/kev… via @nypostsports12:56 PM

NBA Math @NBA_Math
RPR MVP Predictor, determined by Rolling Player Ratings and team success:
1. Nikola Jokic: 14.96
2. Stephen Curry: 14.52
3. Kevin Durant: 14.09
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo: 13.79
5. Trae Young: 13.16
6. Donovan Mitchell: 12.73
7. Jarrett Allen: 12.37
8. DeMar DeRozan: 12.0 pic.twitter.com/44KezXcz9h11:50 AM

Chris Sheridan @sheridanhoops
Nash said Kyrie Irving has not practiced yet and will not play on trip. … Awaiting possible rule change on protocol length to determine whether Kevin Durant returns sooner than later. – 11:12 AM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Steve Nash says Kyrie Irving has yet to take the court and work out for the Nets. Doesn’t look like Kevin Durant will play tomorrow. Monday is possible. – 11:12 AM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Steve Nash says Nets who are still in protocols like Kevin Durant can still meet the Nets in Los Angeles for the next game against Clippers if they are cleared. Nash says Kyrie Irving will not be on the trip at any point since he has to still ramp up upon getting out of protocol. – 11:12 AM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
LeBron James believes “there was never any doubt” Kevin Durant would come back from his Achilles surgery at “full strength” following the devastating injury in the NBA Finals. – 1:35 AM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
LeBron James on Kevin Durant’s comeback from Achilles injury when asked by @Dave McMenamin: “There was never any doubt from myself or anybody in this league…I heard there was only like really 1 group of people that had any doubt on him coming back full strength. Not going to name them.” – 1:34 AM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
When a reporter pointed out that LeBron has suffered a lot of injuries, but never a torn Achilles while setting up a question about KD, LeBron literally interrupted him because he wanted to knock on wood. He settled for knocking on the back of a reporter’s computer. – 1:32 AM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
LeBron James on Kevin Durant overcoming an Achilles injury: “There was never any doubt from myself or anybody in this league.” – 1:28 AM

Evan Dunlap @BQRMagic
I do not see the Kevin Durant comparisons with Brandon Ingram. I DO see the Tracy McGrady comparisons. – 8:04 PM

More on this storyline

Tim Bontemps: The Celtics announce Bruno Fernando, CJ Miles, Enes Freedom and Justin Jackson have all entered the health and safety protocols since Wednesday night’s game against Cleveland. -via Twitter @TimBontemps / December 24, 2021

Marc Stein: The Celtics just issued a five-tweet injury report for their Christmas Day game at Milwaukee. Among the key updates: Al Horford (health and safety protocols) and Marcus Smart (left hip contusion) are now questionable. More from me: marcstein.substack.com -via Twitter @TheSteinLine / December 24, 2021

Tim Reynolds: Donte DiVincenzo (protocols) upgraded to questionable for tomorrow meaning he may finally make his season debut, while Giannis Antetokounmpo (as first reported by ESPN) and Bobby Portis are both no longer listed on the protocols list. -via Twitter @ByTimReynolds / December 24, 2021