When Kevin Durant upset, it’s all Brooklyn holding its breath… The night’s matchup between the Nets and the Heat took another turn when Kevin Durant found himself on the floor for the first time after knee-to-knee contact with Kyle Lowry. the second, after taking weight off Jimmy Butler on the same right leg.
After two possessions from the knee and a 3-pointer to Tyler Herron’s head, KD quickly waved off Jacques Vaughn and headed to the locker room. A short time later, the New York franchise confirmed that he would not be returning to complete the meeting.
“I was with him… These are terrible actions. Because when someone isn’t watching what’s going on, anything can happen. I’m grateful for the time he spent in the gym, getting his body back so he can recover from something that could have been worse.”Kyrie Irving said after the game.
The win over the Heat didn’t really ease the anxiety in the Brooklyn camp. Even if Kyrie Irving wants to be reassured about his teammate’s mental state, we’re already preparing to play without him on the Nets side.
“He’s in a good mood, like all of us.”– added the leader. “The strength of our team is to support each other. We’re ready to take whatever is thrown at us… I think one of the biggest qualities of our team is our bench and how we support each other no matter who starts. Now is the time to go out and show Kevin’s return schedule until we know when he might be available again.”
The Nets are already willing to do whatever it takes to make up for his potential absence
It’s the same story for Joe Harris and Nic Claxton, even with Kevin Durant aware of the quality and skill of their group, the length of his unavailability remains reasonable.
“He’s a focal point for us offensively, but even defensively because he’s the best perimeter defender this year.”pointed out Joe Harris. “He defends against the best players. Obviously, it would be a blow for us, but at the same time, it gives everyone opportunities, and for reasons like that, we have a lot of bench depth for everyone to step in and try to fill that void.
Last night, it was Seth Curry who gave the Nets the necessary push to get back to work with 9 of his 14 points in the last game.
In the next matches, perhaps, it will be the job of other “role players” to raise their level of play.
“I think everyone should participate”Nic Claxton confirmed. “It’s not the first time he or Kyrie goes out. Everyone will have to invest a little more and everything will be fine. We hope he will be ready for the next game, but whatever happens, we will adapt and everything will be fine.”
That would be good news indeed, as the Nets found the Celtics on a five-game winning streak over Brooklyn between their last playoff first-round sweep and the current regular season. “We’ll knock wood and see what happens tomorrow”Jacques Vaughn concluded.
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