Steve Nash Explains How Brooklyn Nets Plan to Get Kevin Durant Ready For Playoffs

Published 03/29/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Dec 22, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets small forward Kevin Durant (7) warms up before a game against the Golden State Warriors at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


Things couldn’t be going any smoother for Brooklyn Nets. One can confuse their lineup for the one that takes part in an NBA All-Star game. However, they are currently taking to the court without Kevin Durant, who they need fit and firing on all cylinders in the playoffs.

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The NBA regular season is something that won’t occupy the front and center of Steve Nash’s mind right now. Courtesy of James Harden, they are cruising right now and it looks like a matter of time before they dethrone the Sixers from the top of the standings in the East.

Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) stands next to head coach Steve Nash after exiting a game against the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The playoffs are the Nets’ priority right now. But to prepare for them, Kevin Durant needs to get some game time under his belt. And more importantly, he needs to get used to playing seven games in twelve days, but Nash is optimistic that he can shrug off his injury concerns.

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“We still have quite a lot of the season left, there’s still plenty of games to play. So, whenever he does come back, we’ll do the best we can to do that,” said Nash. “I think the situation is we can only control what we can control. So, there may not be a magic pill for all scenarios. I think the other teams are facing very similar problems. It has been that type of season. So, we just focus on ourselves and control what we can control.”

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Since the last time Durant played before the All-Star break, the Nets have added Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge into their rotation. So KD needs to acclimatize himself to playing with them once he gets back. Nash has his work cut out in making sure KD aces that aspect, and he said:

“When he does come back, we’ll be thrilled and we’ll just take off from there and try to reincorporate him and the group to him. And make sure we prepare for whatever amount of time that is heading into the playoffs.”

Feb 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) tries to keep a ball in bounds against Toronto Raptors small forward DeAndre’ Bembry (95) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Nets look destined to get their hands on the Larry O’Brien trophy. After all, when you assemble such a team, the expectations are going to be huge. Most of these will rest on Durant’s shoulders when he gets back.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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