Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant had to leave Brooklyn’s game at the Miami Heat on Sunday early in the first quarter with what the group called a left thigh wound.
After the game, which Miami won 109-107 on a Bam Adebayo buzzer-beater, Nets coach Steve Nash said Durant would be rethought Monday morning to decide if any further testing or imaging is required.
“He’s sore,” Nash said. “But we don’t know how severe. We’ll see tomorrow how he wakes up and go from there.”
Nash said he was “guessing” the arrangement would be for Durant to proceed with the Nets on their excursion to New Orleans yet that he had not been completely questioned by Brooklyn’s clinical staff when addressing journalists.
Durant seemed to get gone head to head with Miami’s Trevor Ariza when he headed toward the bin for a layup in the primary quarter. Durant left the game and was analyzed by a mentor prior to going to the Nets locker room.
Durant left with eight focuses in a little more than four minutes. He presently couldn’t seem to miss from the field.
“Any time one of our teammates goes down, any time something like that happens, it’s definitely going to take a hit for us,” Nets guard Kyrie Irving said. “And he’s just gotten back. We just pray that it’s not too serious and he’s able to recover, but it definitely has a hit on our continuity, at times.”
Durant, who has had a few sessions with injury this season, gotten back to the Nets on April 8 in the wake of missing almost two months with a correct hamstring strain. He fell off the seat around there.
The Nets keep on being without James Harden, who has missed a week and a half with a correct hamstring strain. Harden worked out in Miami on Saturday, and he is advancing toward a return, Nash said.
The Nets’ Big Three of Durant, Harden and Irving have played only seven games together this season.
“We’ve had plenty of guys out of the lineup. … Nothing new for us,” Nash said.
After Sunday’s contest, Nets forward Jeff Green said that while he hadn’t gotten an opportunity to converse with Durant, he realizes Durant is “bummed that it’s happened frequently over the last couple of weeks, and he just wants to be out there playing.”
“When they do come back,” Green said, “we’ve just got to prepare ourselves for what is going to be the next plans for — whether that’s the next 10 games at the end of the season or come playoffs. So, when everybody’s healthy, that’s when we’ll look down the road and see what we got to go up against.”