Brooklyn Nets ace Kevin Durant will have to complete a seven day quarantine period after being exposed to the virus. While the former Warriors player already contracted coronavirus early in the outbreak and also has currently tested negative, he will be required to complete the quarantine period as per the norms set by the league.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski confirmed the news which ensures that the star player will miss the upcoming run of fixtures for the franchise.
“Kevin Durant’s facing a 7-day quarantine under league protocols because of exposure to a positive COVID-19 case, sources tell ESPN. He had the coronavirus in May, continues to register antibodies and has tested negative in multiple recent tests. He’d miss 4 games in next week,” Wojnarowski tweeted
According to the fixtures, Durant is set to miss the matches against Utah Jazz, Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder and the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Nets are already without Spencer Dinwiddie, who is out for the rest of the season due to a torn ligament.
“I don’t know if the guys are putting too much pressure on themselves. I think everybody wants to do well out there, and it’s just some mental things that we’re doing that we end up beating ourselves a little bit,” Durant had commented following the side’s close loss to the 13th placed Washington Wizards.
Durant’s absence expected to hit struggling Brooklyn Nets hard
The Nets, coached by Steve Nash, opened their season in a sensational fashion. The franchise won their first two games in convincing fashion against the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics.
However, the side has lost steam after that. They have only managed to secure one win since their win against Celtics. The slump might take a turn for the worse with Durant out of contention.
The responsibility falls on the shoulders of Kyrie Irving, who has to lead the charge against two in-form teams, Philadelphia 76ers and Utah Jazz.
While the Nets had no intention of playing Durant in back to back fixtures given that he has just come out of a major injury. However, four games in a row is a huge headache for Steve Nash and co. who will be hoping that the side don’t slide down the conference table.