One of the league’s best MVP candidates will not be in the All-Star Game for the second year in a row.
Kevin Durant, who sprained his MCL in mid-January, is expected to miss the All-Star game on February 20, according to several reports, and will continue to retrain himself afterwards.
Durant leads the fans voting for Eastern Conference frontcourt players and was the third leading voice catcher overall, just behind LeBron James and Stephen Curry. Durant would almost certainly have been a starter.
Although the Nets have never given a schedule for his return, Durant was expected to miss about four to six weeks with the injury, meaning his return will at best come at the end of the time frame. At worst, it could extend beyond that and be a problem as the Nets prepare for the off-season.
And although the rotation has seen a lot of twists already this season, Nash said he hoped it would come back to help them when it spoke. With James Harden out with a tight left hind thigh on Wednesday, the Nets aired their 24th different starting lineup this season.
“It’s hard to have consistent rotations when we have different guys out every night or every week, or whatever it may be, [but] what can it give us? “said Nash.” What can we learn from it and how can we grow from it, how can we spin it and be positive, so when that day comes, we have a kind of consistency and health. We have learned about ourselves, and we have put ourselves in the position that when we are completely healthy, we are further ahead than just as if everything is completely new.
“It’s our challenge – not necessarily to look at wins and losses every day, but what is our process? How do we improve? What do we take from these different variations of our team and how can we move this thing forward no matter who is available and who is not there? “
Claxton out with tight buttocks
Nic Claxton sat out Wednesday with tight left buttocks, though Nash said it was more of a precaution, especially when the Nets played at the tail end of a back-to-back. He expects Claxton to return Saturday against Golden State.