After seemingly injury-related setbacks, the networks have finally received good news. Kevin Durant came out pain-free in his first game in nearly two months and was feeling fine to avoid the comeback setback.
Durant should be fine with Kyrie Irving and the Nets on Saturday’s national TV broadcast against the Join Lakers. Guard Landry Shamet is also making a comeback and was released to play after his ankle injury.
« [He’s] good, really good. He’s feeling good and in good spirits. He played well and had from his first game no negative effects. So all round a good result, « said coach Steve Nash, who wants to improve Durant’s minutes and synchronize him with his teammates. » It’s about as easy to integrate Kevin, but at the same time you want to have enough time to to yell and really find that understanding.
« It’s been two months and it’s great that he’s back. Priority # 1 is to keep him as healthy and safe as possible. … Second, he’s slowly increasing his minutes in the game so that he can get back to his normal performance, but also so that he is comfortable with his teammates, some of whom he hasn’t really played with. «
Durant had before Wednesday no ch never played with Nic Claxton, LaMarcus Aldridge or Blake Griffin. He only spent 186 minutes with James Harden, who was at the HSS Training Center on Friday receiving treatment on his own thigh strain.
« He’s currently training and receiving treatment, and he’s in the building with us every day », said Nash. « So he’s working his way back and obviously he’s got a little to do here, but he’s doing the right things. »
Shamet will be back after missing two games with a sprained ankle. He sprained it against the wizards on March 21, missing five in a row before returning for only two and then injuring it again.
« Sometimes games happen. You’ll land on people’s feet, that really was all. I am confident. I feel really good I’m looking forward to returning, ”said Shamet, who has achieved 51.2 percent from the 3-point range since the All-Star break and 42.9 percent from the line-up since his brief elimination at the end of January. He said he was confident he won’t lose momentum.
« I’m not too worried about that, » Shamet said. « Just come in, keep shooting, look open, don’t miss any open looks, be aggressive. Just play basketball, play for free. That’s my whole approach. »
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