Brooklyn Nets superstar forward Kevin Durant is expected to miss another one-to-two weeks of action as he continues recovering from a left hamstring strain, as first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic on Monday.
The 32-year-old has been out of commission since Feb. 13 when he picked up the injury against his former team, the Golden State Warriors while out west. It’s a cruel twist of irony considering it was with the Warriors two years ago that Durant suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during the 2019 NBA Finals that sidelined him for the entire first year of his contract with the Nets.
Brooklyn head coach Steve Nash admitted that the organization is erring on the side of caution with the decision, adding that he will have another scan on the area sometime this week.
The Nets haven’t necessarily missed Durant when it comes to results. In the 11 games that he has missed, prior to Monday night’s all-New-York clash against the Knicks, Brooklyn was 10-1 and stalking the Philadelphia 76ers for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Much of that has to do with the continuing domination of James Harden and Kyrie Irving, who continue to click after Harden was acquired from the Houston Rockets back in January.
Durant has appeared in 19 of the Nets’ first 40 games this season, averaging 29.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game.