Bad news for Brooklyn. One more. After adding four defeats in the last five games, the team coached by Steve Nash loses its franchise player and runs into another obstacle at the start of the season. Durant, after having been in contact with a positive for coronavirus, must follow the protocols set by the NBA and respect seven days of quarantine. Sportingly, it will mean his absence for the games against the Utah Jazz, Philadephia 76ers, Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Braking for the Nets and braking for the player himself, who was showing a great level after the injury to the Achilles tendon that kept him 552 days away from basketball. His averages this year are 28.2 points, 7 rebounds and 4.8 assists, with 58.6% accuracy in field shots. and 45.5% from the line of three. Figures at the level of the star he is and very similar to his career totals (27 + 7.1 + 4.1). Now, Durant, who already overcame the coronavirus in May, will not be able to return with the team until the game against Denver, on Tuesday, December 12.
His loss is added to those of Spencer Dinwiddie, who will miss the remainder of the season due to a partial tear in his cruciate ligament, and Nicolas Claxton, with tendon problems in his right knee. Brooklyn, which was hit hard by injuries last season, will have to do another reinvention drill and readjust its parts. With Kyrie Irving as the lone first sword, players like Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Taurean Prince o Caris LeVert will see their prominence increased, the latter being the one with the most ballots to occupy the new slot in the starting quintet.
Brooklyn Nets @HSpecialSurgery Status Report for tomorrow night’s game vs. Utah:
Durant (health and safety protocols) – OUT
Dinwiddie (partially torn ACL, right knee) – OUT
Claxton (right knee tendinopathy) – OUT
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) January 4, 2021
Faced with new cases, new restrictions
After Kevin Durant’s resignation was announced, the NBA has reacted. I had already been meditating on it with situations like that of Houston Rockets, who had their debut in the competition delayed after reaching the first match without the minimum number of players (8) required.
To the already known restrictions, the organization of Adam Silver has added the following, to apply from today:
– All active players who are dressed to play must wear a mask until they enter the court.
– All players, coaches and staff of levels 1 and 2 must wear a mask when outside the team environment and indoors.
– After leaving the court in the middle of a game, to sit on the bench, it is strongly recommended that you wear a mask.
– During the break, the use of a mask will also be mandatory. Likewise, it cannot be withdrawn until entering the track.
– Finally, the players who do not participate in the match must wear protection throughout its duration.