The Brooklyn Nets have received a huge boost to their rotation on Tuesday as Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and LaMarcus Aldridge have all cleared COVID-19 protocols.
Via Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports:
Brooklyn’s Nets say LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have cleared NBA Health and Safety Protocols.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) December 28, 2021
The return of Durant is the big one for Brooklyn. He hasn't played since December 16th against the Philadelphia 76ers but the veteran is in the midst of another electrifying campaign, averaging 29.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game. KD is currently leading the Association in scoring.
As for Irving, he caught COVID as soon as he returned to the Nets but it's going to take some time for him to ramp things up before actually playing again. Steve Nash recently voiced that Kyrie will likely need a week or two to get in game shape. He'll only be able to feature in road games due to his vaccination status.
Aldridge meanwhile has adapted perfectly to a brand new role off the bench, giving the Nets a scoring punch with 14 points and 5.7 rebounds per night. Brooklyn actually managed to keep winning without Durant in particular, beating the Lakers on Christmas Day then also taking down the Clippers on Monday. They did have three games postponed last week though but thankfully, the Nets' COVID situation is finally improving.