Kevin Durant sidelined with hamstring strain


Kevin Durant is slated to miss more time.

One game after returning from a stint in COVID-19 quarantine, the Brooklyn Nets star is sidelined with a hamstring strain. The Nets announced on Sunday that Durant will miss at least two games with the injury. The Nets are scheduled to face the Sacramento Kings on Monday and the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. A showdown with the Los Angeles Lakers looms Thursday.

It’s not clear when or how Durant suffered the injury. After missing three games last week because of a COVID-19 exposure, Durant returned to Brooklyn’s lineup on Saturday for a homecoming against the Golden State Warriors.

Kevin Durant is slated to miss more time. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Durant’s missed several games this season

Last week’s absence was the second time this season Durant has missed time due to the NBA’s COVID-19 protocol. Durant, who contracted COVID-19 last March, also missed three games in January because of a potential coronavirus exposure.

In total, Durant has missed nine of Brooklyn’s 28 games as the Nets are off to a 16-12 start. Durant, who returned this season after an Achilles tear that cost him all of last season, has shown his previous All-NBA form when he is available, averaging 29 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists while shooting 52.4 percent from the floor and 43.4 percent from 3-point range.

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