Nets head coach Steve Nash indicated that the team anticipates getting All-Star forward Kevin Durant back on the court ahead of the All-Star Game but is being cautious with his return timeline, per Malika Andrews of ESPN (Twitter link).
The 11-time All-Star will miss his fifth straight game (and eight of the last nine) for Brooklyn tonight due to a mild left hamstring strain. Prior to that, coronavirus-related health and safety protocols held Durant out for three games earlier in February.
The Nets have not missed Durant on the court during his two absences this month. Brooklyn is currently riding a six-game winning streak, and KD played in just one of those victories.
Durant’s fellow All-Star snipers Kyrie Irving and James Harden, along with swingman Joe Harris, have all stepped up in his absence. The win streak has propelled the Nets to a 20-12 record, good for the No. 2 seed in the East.