Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant is set to come back on the court this Wednesday against the New Orleans Pelicans, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Durant has been out for nearly two months, because of a hamstring injury.
When Brooklyn acquired him in 2019, he had just suffered a devastating Achilles injury. He ended up sitting out the whole 2019-2020 season. He has a long history of ailments ranging from his calf to his ankle. Add all these to his near seven-foot frame and wear and tear from all those playoff and championship runs and it makes sense that the Nets have been extremely cautious with Durant.
With former league MVP James Harden out also with a hamstring injury, Durant's return has become even more important for the Nets. The trio of Durant, Harden, and Kyrie Irving has barely played together this season.
Despite this, the Nets have a record of 35-16 and are on top of the Eastern Conference. With these strong performances, there was little to no incentive for the team to rush Durant's return. After all, expediting a player's return could prove to be disastrous. This is what happened when Durant played in the 2019 NBA finals after recently having a calf injury.
Brooklyn has a pretty light schedule in the coming days, but they have games against contenders like the Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat.
There is less drive to get a high seed in the playoffs since the home-court advantage is lessened due to restrictions on the number of in-game fans allowed, but having more favorable matchups early on could prove to be useful.