I mean, I didn’t see the future, where the season was going to start in the future, so I was just so … I was going through it. It’s a good first step. Listen on Apple Podcasts | Spotify, Amazin' But True: A NY Mets Baseball Podcast And nervous,” Durant said. Durant had 33 points (9-14 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 12-13 FT), 11 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks in Saturday's win over Denver. Durant made his return to game action on Dec. 13, 2020 in the Nets' preseason opener. He scored 15 points in 24 minutes. I had no plans of playing at all this season.". MIAMI - Kevin Durant’s thigh is the new big concern for the Brooklyn Nets. “You know that whatever percentage of Kevin Durant you saw is better than a lot of guys in the NBA.”. A torn Achilles is regarded as one of the worst injuries a basketball player can get, and it kept Durant out for the entirety of the 2019-20 NBA season.Â. Soon, we'll find out if the answer simply was to add Durant.Â. Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Do Not Sell My Personal Information, Your California Privacy Rights And on top of that, the media always looked at it like KD and the Warriors. GM Sean Marks confirmed in September that Durant would likely miss the whole season, and Durant said that himself on a First Take appearance in October. Kevin Durant had a big dunk in the first quarter of the Nets game with the Spurs. Kyrie Irving scored 22 points while playing with Kevin Durant and James Harden for the first time in three months, leading the Brooklyn Nets to a 105-91 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday. So to go through this felt solid, and I’ve just got to keep building on it.”. Kevin Durant was magnificent in his first game back from the injury shelf, going off for 33 points on 12-21 from the floor. Sure, it was a tougher-than-it-should have been 119-114 preseason nailbiter against the Wizards at an empty Barclays Center. A Rodions Kurucs layup pushed it to three with 2:32 remaining, and Chris Chiozza’s 3 in the final half-minute iced it at 118-114. “I didn’t think I played great. THE BEST INSIGHTS FROM THE ULTIMATE INSIDERS, Jalen Rose: Renaissance Man Then the four-time scoring champ showed that passion when he took a full-speed charge from Rui Hachimura 3:23 before the break. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving didn’t play and the James Harden trade was days away from going down. ", Irving has shown excitement about Durant throughout the preseason, including referring to their partnership as "7-11" since Durant wears No. In a Nets uniform. That could've had something to do with Durant suggesting his torn Achilles' tendon was a result of coming back too quickly from his calf injury. Kevin Durant & Kyrie Irving will surely takeover the league once everyone is healthy, assuming that Kevin Durant can return to his old self. "It's just best for me to wait," Durant told ESPN in June. ICYMI: Kevin Durant checking into the game to a big ovation from the Barclays Center crowd. There'd been social media speculation for a while that Durant might end up in New York, with the Knicks as the major rumored destination. Two-thirds of the Nets big three gave the Bulls all they could handle in the first half with Kyrie Irving dropping 20 points, and James Harden 3 points on just three field goal attempts to go along with 5 assists and 4 rebounds, but Kevin Durant could not buy a basket going 2-for-11 in the first 24 minutes of action from the field. Durant exited with 7:57 to go in the opening quarter. After two preseason games of playing together, the Brooklyn Nets All-Star duo of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving finally saw the court for the first time in the regular season. Even when the NBA season was delayed and pushed to a bubble in Orlando over the summer, Durant remained out. “That’s the reason he’s out there after this devastating injury is because he does have such a passion to play.”. “I felt like it was time for a change," Durant said in 2019. KD told the Wall Street Journal that he felt accepted with the Warriors, but he knew he'd never be one of the initial pieces of that dynasty.Â, “As time went on, I started to realize I’m just different from the rest of the guys," Durant said. "It’s not a bad thing. I had some solid moments, but for the most part just getting my feet wet playing against somebody like Hachimura. I want to play at an elite level late in the season and playoffs. But after the Finals, he chose to head elsewhere. "This is the first time in my career where I could look down and be like, ‘That [expletive] can make that shot too, and he’d probably do it a lot easier.’ You know what I mean?" 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It gives me more time to get ready for next season and the rest of my career. 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Listen on Apple Podcasts | Spotify, Fullcourt on Flatbush: A Brooklyn Nets Basketball Brooklyn sends back a protected 2020 first-rounder, D'Angelo Russell, Shabazz Napier and Treveon Graham. Durant is Finals MVP again with averages of 28.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game. You'd be forgiven if the 2019-20 NBA season, the longest NBA season ever, went by without Durant coming to mind too often. The last time Kevin Durant played in an NBA game that mattered was June 2019. When it was time to make a decision on my future, I just thought solely about me.”. It was made out to be a big three with DeAndre Jordan, too, but this was really about KD and Kyrie. Thanks for contacting us. Listen on Apple Podcasts | Spotify, Pinstripe Pod: A NY Yankees Baseball Podcast Bill Russell, Chris Bosh, Paul Pierce headline Basketball Hall of Fame 2021 class, NBA play-in tournament, explained: What to know about format ahead of 2021 playoffs, NBA play-in tournament, explained: What to know about format, NBA standings: Seeding scenarios, breakdown for final spots in 2021 playoffs, When do the NBA playoffs start in 2021? 11.Â. My season is over. When he occasionally appeared, it was in street clothes on the Nets' bench. Your Ad Choices If there had been fans in Barclays Center, the collective gasps would’ve surely been audible. First time Durant is playing in-front of Nets fans in Brooklyn since joining the team. 1 of 5 Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) leaves the court after a play during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, April 18, 2021, in Miami. Unlike in Golden State, where ball movement and unselfishness had been ingrained prior to Durant's arrival, the on-court partnership with Irving leaves some basketball intrigue. If anybody is familiar with Warriors guard Stephen Curry it would be Brooklyn Nets All-Star Kevin Durant. She recently attended a Brooklyn Nets game and snapped a courtside pic with NBA superstar Kevin Durant. Durant rehabbed his injury in Los Angeles, and Brian Windhorst wrote for ESPN that Durant's cautionary approach to returning was in contrast to how he'd approached injuries in both Oklahoma City and Golden State. June 10, 2019 - Durant tears his Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors. What to expect from Kevin Durant in first games with Nets Durant made his return to game action on Dec. 13, 2020 in the Nets' preseason opener. Durant's return to the court came for that Game 5 against Toronto.Â. After the game, which Miami won 109-107 on a Bam Adebayo buzzer-beater, Nets coach Steve Nash said Durant would be reevaluated Monday … Even more simply, there's the matter of how to run an offense that best embraces both their skill sets. So it’s like nobody could [give] a full acceptance of me there.”. For just the eighth time this season, the Big Three of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving all played together for the Brooklyn Nets during Saturday's 105-91 win over the Chicago Bulls. Irving said in October. June 12, 2017 - Warriors win NBA Finals over Cavaliers. Durant posted 14 points (4-10 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 6-6 FT), seven rebounds, seven assists and three blocks across 29 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Spurs. “He brings a joy, a child-like joy, and a love for the game every day when he comes to work. Durant had been out even longer, sidelined 18 months after rupturing his Achilles playing in the 2019 NBA Finals. "I wanted to play for a new team. Listen on Apple Podcasts | Spotify, Big Apple Buckets: A NY Knicks Basketball Podcast I felt like I knocked some rust off early on and I've just got to keep building from here. And yes, it was against a Wizards team without Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook. I don't plan on playing at all. When it looked like Durant could link up with Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn and not with the Knicks, that became the desired destination (he technically moved via a sign-and-trade). Kevin Durant #7 and James Harden #13 of the Brooklyn Nets react during the second half against the LA Clippers at Barclays Center on Feb. 2, 2021, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Durant had 15 points, three assists and clicked with Irving offensively. “I’m totally messing around: KD’s fine, he’s going to be fine. Listen on Apple Podcasts | Spotify, © 2021 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved We decided last summer when it first happened that I was just going to wait until the following season. Nets star Kevin Durant was forced to leave Brooklyn's game at the Miami Heat on Sunday early in the first quarter with what the team called a left thigh contusion. Nine, 10 months just thinking about how it would be this next phase of my career. Now, after the shortest NBA offseason ever, Durant is ready to return to the argument of best player on the planet.Â, MORE: NBA predictions for 2020-21 season, including Finals picks, Durant tore his right Achilles tendon on June 10, 2019 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.Â, In the Western Conference semifinals, Durant strained his right calf. Nets Notes: Kevin Durant Returns in Rhythm Durant shooting 65.3 percent overall and 58.8 percent from 3-point range over first four games back Posted: Apr 17, 2021 They each are solid passers, too, but it's scoring that's at the front of their skill sets. He added three boards, two blocks and a charge taken in 23:43 to show he was mentally ready to take contact as well. Durant was driving to the basket for a layup attempt when Miami’s Trevor Ariza appeared to bang his knee into Durant’s left leg, which left the Nets star in … In Durant’s first game since Feb. 13, Nets head coach Steve Nash decided to bring him off the bench in order to manage his minutes and keep him available if the game was tight in the fourth quarter. Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant is arguably the best basketball player in the world today and one of the greatest players of all time. His silky smooth jumper could only play on highlight reels as Durant underwent extensive rehab. Kevin Durant According to ESPN stats, Durant leads the Nets in scoring with 27.5 points per game. On a crossover attempt, Durant planted his right foot, lost the ball and immediately hopped away in pain. Dec. 22, 2020 - Durant starts for the Nets on opening night of the 2020-21 NBA season against the Warriors on TNT. So it’s good to get back in the flow of things and it definitely gave me some confidence,” Durant said. Durant's return to competitive NBA action has arrived, though, with the Nets playing both on the NBA's opening night and then on Christmas Day. Durant won NBA titles in each of his first two seasons with the Warriors, winning Finals MVP both times. Sarah Silverman bares her behind on Instagram and more star snaps, Prince Harry suggests Meghan Markle is behind attacks on royal family, The sixth borough: Florida state records reveal how many NYers fled south, Why Bennifer 2.0 is the real deal: 'J.Lo was always obsessed with Ben', Here's how to win a fully furnished, $250K historic Italian townhouse — for $32, © 2021 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Nets remain in prime position to snag No. After 552 days, Kevin Durant was finally back on the court. He sat out the fourth, and Irving rested the entire second half. “It’s amazing. And an encouraging one. I was like, ooooh,” Dinwiddie said. The Brooklyn coaches will have to decide whether they want the pair to play 36 minutes together each game, or if they should stagger their minutes. July 7, 2019 - Durant is traded to the Nets as part of a sign-and-trade with the Warriors. That’s the highest intensity of basketball, and it’s not in preseason. December 13, 2020 | 9:07pm | Updated December 13, 2020 | 11:34pm. It was always going to be about recovery first for Durant. Maybe, but Durant admits that’s a ways off. Durant had suffered an injury to the his calf in the Western Conference semifinals before returning to action in the championship series' fifth game. Irving is second with 27.2 PPG, followed by Harden at 25.1 PPG. The Nets signed Durant knowing he'd just torn his Achilles. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! That was pre-pandemic, pre-bubble, pre-Nets.Â. The 2020-21 season would be the first time they could get on the court together for Brooklyn. He held his lower right leg as he sat on the court, and the injury was diagnosed as a torn Achilles tendon. "I don't think I'm ready to play that type of intensity right now in the next month. Durant's had enough recovery time and looked spry enough in the preseason to expect a similar player to of old, one with an unstoppable jump shot, sneaky-good handles and great defensive capability, too. So it’s beautiful to see him back out on the court. Irving scored 34 on 10-19, sinking all nine of his free throws. Your California Privacy Rights Lindsey is clearly skiing’s biggest celebrity. But the waiting is over, and all eyes will be on Durant as he comes back from a devastating injury to team with a fellow score-first teammate in Kyrie Irving. Lindsey Vonn has been living the life since her recent split from ex-fiancé PK Subban. Such a duo raises many of the same questions that LeBron James/Anthony Davis, James Harden/Russell Westbrook and Kawhi Leonard/Paul George have presented in recent years. Durant played 12 minutes before all the hype and hope about his return came crashing down. During his third season in Golden State, Durant spent plenty of time squashing rumors about his future. July 7, 2016 - Durant signs with the Warriors in free agency after leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder. June 8, 2018 - Warriors sweep Cleveland for another NBA title. Brooklyn's Kevin Durant was forced to leave the Nets' game in Miami on Sunday early in the first quarter with a left thigh injury. We've received your submission. Kyrie Irving — who again declined interview requests — returned from shoulder surgery and was stellar in his first game since Feb. 1 with a team-high 18 points in 17 minutes, 8 seconds of action. 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