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It wasn’t what many had hoped for — a listing of “available” next to Kevin Durant — but the news out of the Nets pre-game health status report was encouraging. Not only was KD listed as “questionable,” decidedly better than “out,” but Tyler Johnson, who’s been out since April 5 with knee soreness, was listed as “doubtful,” again not “out.”

Here’s the full report...

Status Report for tomorrow night’s game vs. BOS:

Durant (left thigh contusion) - QUESTIONABLE

T.Johnson (right knee soreness) - DOUBTFUL

Harden (right hamstring strain) - OUT

Claxton (health and safety protocols) - OUT

Chiozza (right hand) - OUT

Dinwiddie (right knee) - OUT

After the Nets play the Celtics on Friday, they play the red-hot Suns on Sunday.

Durant has been out the last two games as a result of a knee-to-thigh collision with Trevor Ariza in Miami on Sunday. He’s missed the two games since vs. the Pelicans and Raptors. Steve Nash had described him as “day-to-day.” The Nets have been particularly conservative with KD. He previously missed 23 games with a hamstring injury. That absence ended April 8.

Johnson scared the Nets back on April 4 when he suddenly collapsed with a non-contact injury to his right knee in Chicago. Many, including on the Nets staff, feared the injury could be devastating, maybe even season-ending, but it turned out to be less severe than first thought.

“We got good news. It looks like it won’t be a long-term thing,” Nash said the next day after scans of TJ’s knee were examined. “We were fearful with the nature of a non-contact injury. We are going to put him on our rehabilitation program. It should be a two-to-three-week thing, likely. We’re encouraged there.”

Nash timetable seems on the mark. Monday was the two week mark.

No further word on Mike James, the Euroleague guard the Nets are expected to sign Friday. However, it’s unlikely he will get much time in coming days. He’s been in health and safety protocols in Brooklyn since Sunday and thus hasn’t practiced with the team which has been on the road.