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REPORT: Kevin Durant out for 2 games for Nets with new injury

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Kevin Durant successfully returned from a three-game absence and helped the Brooklyn Nets dismantle his former team, Golden State Warriors, at Chase Center on Saturday. However, his comeback bid is short-lived, as the two-time NBA champion is set to miss Brooklyn’s next two games due to a hamstring strain.

KD will stay in New York during the team’s Western Conference road trip against the Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns in their next two outings.

The Nets confirmed the development on Sunday.

Kevin Durant looked healthy against the Dubs after sitting out three games for the Nets due to the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols. The one-time league MVP figured in one of the most bizarre cases this season when he was yanked from the floor mid-game against the Toronto Raptors earlier this February.

After passing several COVID-19 tests, KD was permitted to return against the Warriors where he scored 20 points on 8-for-19 shooting from the field, along with five rebounds, six assists and two blocks in 33 minutes.

Durant has played in 19 of the Nets’ 28 games this season so far. He had to sit out back-to-back games as a precaution for the rehabilitation process of his Achilles injury last year, while that COVID-19 debacle also caused him to miss significant time.

Brooklyn is certainly being extra cautious with KD, who is playing at an MVP level after missing the entire 2019-20 season. Durant is notching brilliant averages of 29.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.4 blocks, while shooting 52.4 percent from the field and 43.4 from downtown.