After a tantalizing night she surrounded the Brooklyn Nets star status Kevin Durant At Barclays – which included being pulled from the squad in pre-match and third quarter for contact tracing protocols – Durant will not travel to Philadelphia for Saturday’s match and could lose several games for the second time in a month, sources tell ESPN.
Durant was in contact with a partner on Friday who had tested positive for the coronavirus Friday night, just hours after an inconclusive re-test shortly before the NTS 123-117 lost to the Toronto Raptors.
This inspired the most dramatic scene in the third quarter: A Nets official told Durant that he had to leave the bench for isolation, causing a flustered star to enter Barclays’ bowels, as he likely tweeted, “Free Me” in the final minutes of the match.
The Nets team reported to the league office about the indecisive test of the individual on Friday afternoon, and eventually received instructions to take Durant out of pre-match training. The Nets’ general manager, Shawn Marks, had telephoned the league’s office and delivered a speech in court.
Moments later, Steve Nash and his coaching staff discover that Durant will not be available to start the match.
Durant left the floor before the match, only to have the NBA cleared him to return to the bench shortly after the start of the first quarter.
“Durant was initially suspended from the match while reviewing the score,” the league statement said. “According to the league’s health and safety protocols, we do not require a player to be quarantined until a positive test result for close contacts is confirmed.”
Before Durant left court for the last time during the third quarter, he was sitting on the bench while officials auditioned for a play in which he made his fifth mistake in the evening. The error was turned around, but Durant did not log in again.
With the time limit expired, a team official told Durant he would not be able to continue the game. Durant shook his head in apparent frustration. While returning through the tunnel, Durant threw his water bottle.
Durant, who played 19 minutes in the match, kept tweeting Friday evening after the match, Questioning the league schedule and details.
In the wake of the NBA stars LeBron James And the Giannis Antitecmonmo Mocking the NBA and NBPA plans for the Atlanta All-Star match on March 7, a feeling emerged late in the week of Superstar Rebellion.
“I don’t understand everything as he couldn’t play, then he came to the field, and then they took him back,” said Nets’ keeper James Harden He said. “There’s a lot going on. There’s a lot going on. It’s kind of exhausted. We’re in the midst of a tough game, and these matches will add up, especially if we’re talking about supplement seeds … to catch the rhythm. It’s overwhelming. It’s frustrating.”
“[Durant] Feel the same way. Especially with it already there and we are testing every day. It was negative. So, I don’t understand what the problem is. The match had to be postponed, I feel that. If we are talking about contact tracing. It was all around us. So I don’t understand why he wasn’t allowed to play, then he was allowed to play, and then he walked off the field. If that was the case, we had to postpone the match. “
Durant contracted the Coronavirus in March and still has those antibodies in early January when he lost three matches due to contact tracing. Sources said that after four weeks, Durant could be wasted for similar six days.
After the Friday match, Nash said he struggled, at times, to split Durant’s absence during the match.
“Maybe I got a little distracted thinking about what that means in the long term for our team,” said Nash. “We’ve already played with the players for a lot of minutes, and if Kevin isn’t playing, are we going to play the remaining players for so many minutes?
The Nets play road matches on Saturday (Philadelphia) and Tuesday (Detroit) and return home on Wednesday (Indiana). The Nets begins their West Coast trip next Saturday against Golden State.