Brooklyn Nets Suffer Massive Kevin Durant Blow Amidst Kyrie Irving Return News

Published 12/18/2021, 9:17 AM EST
Dec 14, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) reacts during the first quarter against the Toronto Raptors at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets really do deserve applause for keeping themselves at the top of the Eastern Conference despite having players off their roster left and right because of the league’s health and safety protocols. And as one good news comes to light, another bad news makes it’s way out as well. The Nets are finally transitioning Kyrie Irving back to the court but don’t get too excited because Kevin Durant will be missing the next game against the Orlando Magic. In fact, not just him but ten other players.

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Kevin Durant is another addition to the Nets’ injury report

When the 2021-22 season began, Kyrie Irving sitting out of games was a big blow for the Nets. Or so they thought. No matter what came their way after, Kevin Durant and Co. rallied past teams and took the court by storm almost every single night. It is because of that they are holding a 21-8 record and are on a four-game winning streak.

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However, all good things eventually come to an end. While Durant has been playing like an absolute beast, fans will be missing out on his action as Brooklyn takes over Orlando next. Not just that, but there are ten more players who have been put on the injury list for the game. This is amidst the organization trying to bring Irving back to play for their road games.

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Will Orlando Magic be able to take advantage of the depleted Brooklyn Nets?

Unfortunately, the Orlando Magic isn’t in very great shape as well. Like the Nets, most of their players are also ruled out because of the league’s health and safety protocols. Other than that, only Cole Anthony is questionable as of now because of a right ankle sprain.

Dec 7, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Millsap (31) and forward Kevin Durant (7) and forward Bruce Brown (1) and guard Cam Thomas (24) and guard Patty Mills (8) wait for play to resume against the Dallas Mavericks during the second quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

And this is a team that hasn’t won a single game this entire month. They have lost seven games in a row and against a team like the Nets, who have been able to power through games despite absences, it won’t be a cake-walk. Sure, KD’s absence will be a big hit and makes them even more vulnerable, but it still seems like a no-brainer.

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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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