The star of Brooklyn scored 33 points without being able to avoid the defeat to his team against Philadelphia (102-110). The match between Denver and Golden State victim of Covid.
The Brooklyn Nets lost on their floor to the Philadelphia Sixers (102-110) on Thursday despite the return of their superstar Kevin Durant, while the game between Denver and Golden State was postponed due to the inability of the Nuggets, decimated by injuries and positive Covid cases, to field eight players on the field.
Released from the league’s health protocols after missing three games, Kevin Durant (33 points, 6 rebounds) could not prevent the defeat of his team in an extremely tight game that was played in the last two minutes. Sixers point guard Seth Curry first scored a decisive three-pointer that gave his team a seven-point lead, before Joel Embiid gave himself a winning rebound 15 seconds from the siren to seal Philadelphia’s victory. The Cameroonian pivot, still impressive in the image of his against James Harden in the third quarter, ended the meeting with 34 points and 7 rebounds. Harden posted a triple-double with 33 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.
Orlando-Milwaukee 118 – 136
Brooklyn – Philadelphia 102 – 110
Washington – Cleveland 110 – 93
Denver – Golden State postponed
Philadelphia, deprived of its trainer Doc Rivers, entered into anti-Covid protocol, a little earlier in the day, is ranked sixth in the East while Brooklyn keeps the first place.
Still in the East, Milwaukee made short work of Orlando (136-118) thanks to a great Giannis Antetokounmpo author of 33 points and 12 rebounds. Washington won at home against Cleveland (110-93) for the return of Bradley Beal who scored 29 points and delivered 10 assists.
Draymond Green s’énerve
In the West, the only game of the evening was finally postponed due to the inability of the Nuggets, decimated by injuries and positive Covid cases, to line up eight players on the field. Three elements as well as coach Michael Malone tested positive during the day, and joined an already extensive list of absent due to injuries such as Michael Porter Jr., Aaron Gordon and Jamal Murray.
It was the eleventh game postponed by the NBA this season, which faces a surge in positive cases within the league. This postponement strongly reacted to the strong winger of the Warriors, Draymond Green, absent for Covid like several other players of his team during his home defeat Tuesday against the Nuggets (86-89).
“How can you continue to cancel matches when rules have been put in place to prevent that from happening?” Green launched, in a series of messages posted on Twitter to the league’s address. When the postponement date is taken, we will have to play them with their team back in full … But they managed to win us the victory while our team was down only two days ago? “
Wednesday, the postponement of the match between San Antonio and Miami had already reacted to Trae Young, the leader of Atlanta, whose team, also decimated by the cases of Covid, had yet had to play against Chicago.