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Brooklyn Nets striker Kevin Durant will miss Friday night’s match against the Boston Celtics due to his left thigh injury.
It will mark the third consecutive competition Durant has missed since a thigh injury in Sunday’s defeat to the Miami Heat.
Nets boss Steve Nash talked about Durant’s plight ahead of the Boston match. “It’s not 100% or nearly 100% enough to play.”
Durant could miss Sunday’s fourth match against the Phoenix Suns as Nash said Durant probably won’t return until next week’s two-game long-haul trip to play the Toronto Raptors in Tampa and Indiana Pacers.
Durant has played just 24 of Brooklyn’s 59 games this season. He just returned after 23 games absent due to a hamstring injury.
Durant is averaging 27.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists.
Brooklyn also continues to be absent star defender James Harden (hamstring), who will be sidelined for the 9th consecutive match.
The Celtics will not have star defender Jaylen Brown (role) for the second consecutive match. Boston coach Brad Stevens told reporters ahead of the game that Brown wasn’t able to move.
The big man Robert Williams (NYSE 🙂 III (knee) will miss his fifth consecutive competition.
Boston will likely have the Evan Fournier guard for the first time since April 4. Fournier has missed the last nine matches due to the COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
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