Steve Nash believes Kevin Durant will miss Saturday’s clash against the Philadelphia 76ers, but the Brooklyn Nets head coach is unsure how long the star will be out.
In an unusual series of events, Durant was named in the Nets’ starting lineup to face the Toronto Raptors on Friday before being removed due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
But Durant was allowed to enter the game in the first quarter, only to then exit in the third – again due to coronavirus protocols – as the Nets fell 123-117.
Nash said he was unsure how long Durant, who missed three games in January due to the health and safety protocols, would be sidelined.
“I don’t believe he’ll come to Philly, but I don’t think that necessarily they’ve decided,” he told a news conference.
“It’s just a contact-tracing procedure and it’s to be determined how much time he’ll have to miss, but we’re just gathering information still at this point.”
Durant finished with eight points, six rebounds and five assists in 19 minutes against the Raptors.
Nash admitted he got distracted by Durant’s situation as the Nets slipped to 14-10.
“If I’m honest, I probably didn’t handle it great, just trying to juggle all those balls, all that different information, what does it mean,” he said.
“I probably got a little distracted about thinking what it means long-term for our team. We’ve already been playing guys a lot of minutes and if Kevin’s not playing are we going to run the remaining guys too many minutes.
“Maybe I got a little bit distracted by the big picture but that’s the way this year’s going to be. We’re going to be in and out of COVID situations and minute pile-ups and all the difficulties that we’re going to face this year and it’s going to be similar for everyone.
“We just have to try to adapt and be able to bounce back from little setbacks like this and unfortunately we couldn’t bounce back to win the game, but we’ve got to be able to bounce back this next week and play well and keep getting better.”
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