The Nets lost the game Sunday and lost Kevin Durant, too. He suffered a left thigh contusion four minutes into the game.
The Nets superstar sustained the injury off a drive when he banged bodies with Trevor Ariza. Ariza’s knee made contact with Durant’s thigh. Durant immediately was favoring his left thigh and was walking gingerly for a couple of possessions before Brooklyn called timeout and eventually pulled him from the contest.
The injury was on the same leg where KD hurt his hamstring, an injury that cost him 24 games. Steve Nash said post-game he didn’t know the severity, noting he’s sore and will be further evaluated Monday morning.
“He’s sore but we don’t know how severe. We’ll see tomorrow how he wakes up and go from there,” Nash said. “Right now, nothing’s been determined.”
When asked whether Durant has a scan scheduled Monday morning, Nash believes the performance staff will assess him first, then decide.
“I haven’t heard but I’d imagine they’ll assess him in the morning and see if a scan is necessary or not,” Nash said.
The Nets will play Pelicans Tuesday and the Raptors Wednesday in Tampa. Nash thinks Durant will remain with the team instead of returning home and will receive treatment while with the team.
“I think so. I’d imagine that since he’s on the trip, he’ll stay on the trip and get treatment for the rest of the way,” Nash said.
With the back-to-back, it was unlikely KD would play in both.
Kyrie Irving spoke about Durant’s injury following the loss, noting how the team hopes his injury isn’t anything serious and he can recover.
“Anytime one of our teammates goes down, anytime something like that happens - it’s definitely going to take a hit for us. He just got back so, we just pray it’s not too serious and he’s able to recover,” Irving said. “It definitely has a hit on our continuity at times but, we don’t want to make any excuses for each other.”
Jeff Green, who didn’t speak with Durant at the time he spoke to the media, believes his contusion will likely be a day-to-day thing but he knows Durant will do what it takes to get back on the hardwood.
“I think it’ll be kind of a day-to-day thing but, I know he’s bummed that it’s happened frequently over the last couple of weeks. He wants to be out there playing,” Green said. “I’m sure he’ll do whatever he needs to do to get back on the floor.”
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