Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash loved what he saw from Kevin Durant after returning from a lengthy lay-off due to a hamstring strain. Despite playing just 19 minutes in his first game back since February, the one-time NBA MVP had a productive showing for the Nets, scoring 17 points off the bench in an immaculate 7-for-7 shooting from the field.
As the Nets host the reigning champions Los Angeles Lakers at Barclays Center on Saturday, Nash revealed he'll carry on with the same approach for KD, but will probably increase his minutes a bit via ESPN's Malika Andrews.
Steve Nash said that Kevin Durant’s minutes will increase tonight against the Lakers.
As expected, he still won’t be at his regular workload. Durant played 19 minutes on Wednesday.
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) April 10, 2021
Durant certainly did not miss a beat against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday and was the same unstoppable scoring machine he's always been. Although he was not a member of Brooklyn's starting five for the first time in his career, the two-time NBA champion did not seem to mind at all.
Prior to his injury, Durant has been logging in 34.9 minutes per game while averaging splendid numbers of 28.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.4 blocks.
The Nets, meanwhile, are playing their best basketball of the season and have won eight of their last 10 games. They have leapfrogged the Philadelphia 76ers for the best record in the Eastern Conference with a 36-16 slate.
The fact that they kept winning without their player just proves that scary hours are indeed coming in Brooklyn. The Nets, meanwhile, take on an undermanned Lakers team in a possible 2021 NBA Finals preview. While James Harden is still expected to sit this one out, they'll probably still have an easy night against a team without LeBron James and Anthony Davis.