Brooklyn Nets Head Coach Gives Vital Update on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving’s Injuries

Published 03/17/2021, 11:24 PM EDT
Mar 17, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis (11) and Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) fight for a rebound in the fourth quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports


When the Brooklyn Nets acquired James Harden in a blockbuster deal after his fiasco with the Houston Rockets, most had their doubts about him fitting in with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Well, it looks like the Nets have only flourished since he joined them. Although there was some trouble at the beginning, they are now playing like a championship-caliber team.

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Moreover, despite Kevin Durant’s prolonged absence, Irving and Harden alone have wreaked havoc in the league. Needless to say, KD’s return and the reunion of the Big 3 would propel the Nets to the top of the East.

If that wasn’t enough, the Nets even added Blake Griffin to their roster a few days ago, but his debut with them might be a few miles away. Griffin, who hasn’t played at the All-Star level since his knee surgery, has also been out of the game for a month now.

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However, Kyrie Irving was suddenly listed out of their matchup against the Indiana Pacers because of groin soreness. Even though James Harden shows promise of handling the Nets alone, it is still risky business. But coach Steve Nash has updates on all things fans need to know about KD and Irving.

Mar 17, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) shoots the ball while Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) defends in the fourth quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Good news and bad news for the Brooklyn Nets

After what Nash disclosed, it seems like Nets fans will have to wait longer than a few days before they can watch the ‘Big Three’ together. He stated that Kevin Durant‘s hamstring has shown “improvement”. But it might be weeks before we see him back in action.

“We’re monitoring it and expect him to make a full recovery,” Nash said. “And hopefully it won’t be too long. But he’s probably got a couple weeks of ramp-up left.”

“If he continues to improve and closes the gap on the healing and also puts himself in a position to return safely to play, he’ll be back out. So we’ll see. That’s kind of up to his body and however long that takes.”

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However, the good news is that Griffin is working out with Durant. In fact, Nash even claimed that Irving’s injury isn’t serious and keeping him out against the Pacers is just “precautionary”. With the Nets sitting second in the East with a 28-13 record, they are headed in the right direction.

Mar 17, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) shoots the ball while Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon (7) defends in the third quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

One can only hope Irving gets back by the time they have to face the Orlando Magic. As long as Irving and Harden have it handled, there is hardly any reason to rush Durant’s return.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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