The Nets injury report, out Monday, had good news and bad news for fans. While Kevin Durant will sit his fifth straight game with a hamstring strain, Jeff Green and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot are questionable, meaning there’s a chance they might play in front of fans at Barclays Center vs. the Kings Tuesday. In addition, Iman Shumpert may see action for the first time.
Here’s the full report.
- Tyler Johnson (left adductor tightness) - PROBABLE
- Iman Shumpert (left hamstring strain) - PROBABLE
- Jeff Green (right shoulder contusion) - QUESTIONABLE
- Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (right hip contusion) - QUESTIONABLE
- Kevin Durant (left hamstring strain) - OUT
- Spencer Dinwiddie (partially torn ACL) - OUT
- Reggie Perry (G League ) - OUT
Although Steve Nash said Sunday that KD’s hamstring was improving at a “rapid rate,” the Nets are being cautious in bringing him back, a luxury the team has because of how well James Harden and Kyrie Irving are holding down the fort while he recovers. The Nets have three home games this week, Tuesday vs. Sacramento, Thursday vs. Orlando and Saturday vs. Dallas, which will be televised on ABC.
The bigger concern had been with Green and TLC, both of which had to leave Sunday’s game vs. the Clippers, Green in great pain after he was fouled and then shoved to the ground by L.A.’s Patrick Beverley. Beverley even mocked Green’s pain in the minutes after the Nets big left the court.
The fear was the Green’s injury could cost him games. As he left the court, the 34-year-old kicked at water coolers in frustration. Green is having one of his best seasons and has played in all 32 games, starting 15, mostly at the 5.
The Nets didn’t provide any details on the severity of either Green or TLC’s injuries and the team had an off day so there was no media access to Steve Nash. The Nets will make a final determination before 5:30 p.m Tuesday.