Nets' Kevin Durant enters health and safety protocols

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Kevin Durant claps hands looking up cropped
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Kevin Durant entered health and safety protocols Saturday, the Nets announced, becoming Brooklyn's eighth player to do so.

Durant, who was slated to miss Saturday's 7:30 p.m. game against the Orlando Magic at Barclays Center while nursing a sore right ankle, could now be out for longer than anticipated.

Durant joins LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre' Bembry, Bruce Brown, Jevon Carter, James Harden, James Johnson and Paul Millsap.

Patty Mills (rest) is available. Nic Claxton (left wrist, questionable) and David Duke Jr. (left hip, probable) are dealing with soreness.

Blake Griffin, Cam Thomas, Kessler Edwards, Day'Ron Sharpe and Langston Galloway are Brooklyn's confirmed availabilities while awaiting word on Claxton and Duke. The Nets (21-8) added a pair of free agents Saturday in signing James Ennis III and Shaquille Harrison to 10-day contracts, but how soon they make their debuts -- including against Orlando (5-25) -- remains to be seen.

Durant has been playing at an MVP-frontrunner level for the Nets in 2021-22. Through 27 games, Durant is averaging 29.7 points on 52.3% shooting while adding 7.9 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 37.0 minutes.