As the Nets prepare for the Warriors, Kevin Durant battles a shoulder injury.
Following the Brooklyn Nets’ road win over Oklahoma City this weekend, Kevin Durant raised some concerns about his health ahead of a big NBA matchup with his old team, the Warriors, on Tuesday night.
Durant first injured his shoulder on November 8 in Chicago, the Nets’ only loss on their now-completed six-game road trip, and he has only played four games since then.
Durant sat on the bench with his shoulder heavily wrapped during the Nets’ blowout win over the Magic in Orlando on November 10.
“It’s very solid.”
Durant said in his postgame media conference on Sunday, “A little sore here and there, but it hasn’t been getting in the way too much.”
“Just keep getting treatment and take it one day at a time,” says the patient.
Coach Steve Nash said the shoulder could be an issue, but it hasn’t been so far.
“Little tweak,” Nash said, smiling as he looked at the stat sheet. “But the ball still goes in the hole so, he’s hanging in there.”
But I don’t think it’s the kind of thing we expect to get worse, so he’s just going through the motions.”
“Little tweak,” Nash said, “but ball still goes in the hole, so I think he’s hanging in there.”
15 November 2021 — DaveEarly (@DavidEarly)
With a shoulder injury, Durant won Player of the Week.
The ball has indeed passed through the hole.
Durant won the Eastern Conference Player of the Week award last week, despite his shoulder injury.
Durant has averaged 32.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 4.5 assists in his last five games, and while those numbers are impressive, Nash—the ball goes in the hole—was referring to his efficiency.
In that time, Durant has shot 62.9 percent from the field and 52.6 percent from beyond the arc.
He visits the free-throw line an average of 8.5 times per game and makes 91.2 percent of his attempts.
Kevin Durant had a total of 12 shots in tonight’s game.
He finished with a total of 30 points.
In the last 40 seasons, he’s the first Nets player to score 30 points on 90 percent shooting.
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