Why is Kevin Durant Not Playing? When He Got Hurt, Timeline For Return & More

Published 04/05/2021, 11:34 PM EDT
Feb 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) drives with the ball against Toronto Raptors power forward Pascal Siakam (43) during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


When the Brooklyn Nets formed their ‘Big Three’, fans couldn’t wait to see the trio turn the league into a one-sided show. However, just as COVID-19 affected player availability, injuries have also been the top concern for most teams. And KD’s injury woes don’t just seem to quit. Even so, the Nets might be in a comfortable spot in the Eastern Conference and have raced up the ladder without Kevin Durant.

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This is why the Nets have not hurried KD back to the court, ensuring they don’t expose him to a worse injury. But is there any timeline for his return?

How did Kevin Durant get injured?

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The injury department has been thriving, as far as KD is concerned. The former NBA All-Star first suffered a torn Achilles during the 2019 NBA Finals. After about 550 days of rehab, he made his return, only to be sent back out because of a hamstring strain. And now, this is his seventh week of being on the sidelines.

Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) drives to the hoop against the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

His last game was against the Golden State Warriors in which the 6’10” forward ended the night with 20 points, and his team won the game 134-117. It was surprising to see Durant play at such a high level, despite recovering from such a brutal injury. This gives Nets fans hope that whenever he does return, it won’t hamper his form.

When is KD expected to return?

The Brooklyn Nets were also missing James Harden for a couple of games, but he returned when they played the New York Knicks. After winning this matchup, the Nets stole the first spot in the East. This means that the Philadelphia 76ers are second now.

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Now, Steve Nash has come bearing further good news. He stated, ” I think it’s just wait and see. But it does look positive that this week sometime, there’s a high probability he can return.”

Apr 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (left) fist pumps guard Kyrie Irving (11) after a game against the New York Knicks at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Nets are up against the New Orleans Pelicans next. In Nash’s words, Durant’s return is quite probable, and fans might see him back on the court very soon. This only means trouble for the rest of the teams. Even when they were without KD, the Nets were the most dominant in the league. Will KD’s return make their lineup stronger than ever? Or will he need a while to adjust this time around?

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Read also- Sixers’ Danny Green Interested to See How Nets Play After Kevin Durant’s Comes Back

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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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