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Kevin Durant to refrain from Nets’ Magic clash with sore ankle


Just as the COVID-exhausted Nets announced that unvaccinated Kyrie Irving would return to their roster soon, Kevin Durant will be added to the long list of sidelined players.

Durant, who led a makeshift rotation with several untested rookies to two wins – this with James Harden among seven players in NBA health and safety protocols – will also be out of Saturday’s game against Orlando with what l team calls a pain in the right ankle.

Durant had previously been listed as questionable with an ankle problem for Tuesday’s game against Toronto before playing 48 minutes and registering a 34-point triple-double that night in an overtime win over the Raptors. He also scored 34 points in 39 minutes, evidenced by a four-point tie-breaker with 1:46 remaining, in Thursday’s win over the 76ers.

Ahead of Thursday’s game, Nets coach Steve Nash called Durant’s recent play “crazy,” but he also admitted that finding a way to give the Eleven-star player a rest was a “real” topic. important ”.

Kevin Durant won’t be in the Nets game with the Magic with what the team calls a pain in his right ankle.
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“I don’t know if we can continue to lean on him like we have. It doesn’t seem fair, ”Nash said. “I know he likes it. I know he enjoys playing at the rate he plays and trying to bring his teammates with him and all the responsibilities he’s accepted and basically crushed.

“It was incredible. But at the same time, we know it’s neither safe nor sustainable to keep relying on him like this. There’s going to be a lot of consideration and we’ll have to find a way to give it breaks. ”

Nic Claxton gushed after Thursday’s victory that the young Brooklyn contingent – also including rookies Cam Thomas, David Duke, Kessler Edwards and Day’Ron Sharpe – “definitely, definitely, definitely” followed suit and stepped up. fed on the stellar game of their MVP candidate.

“It’s definitely not something you can take for granted. I think he’s the GOAT, ”Claxton said, citing the popularized acronym for Greatest of All Time. “He makes plays for us, trusts us and he just does the job and plays a lot of minutes as well. He’s definitely leading us.

The Nets will also rest veteran guard Patty Mills on Saturday.

As for Claxton – who suffered a brutal fall in the third quarter against the Sixers – he has been listed as questionable with pain in his left wrist.

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