After what appears to be waves of injury setbacks, the Nets lastly bought some excellent news. Kevin Durant got here via his first recreation in virtually two months pain-free and feeling good, avoiding the day-after setback so widespread with comebacks.
Durant ought to be superb to hitch Kyrie Irving and the Nets in Saturday’s nationally-televised tilt towards the Lakers. Guard Landry Shamet can be making a comeback and was cleared to play following his ankle injury.
“[He’s doing] good, really good. He feels good and he’s in good spirits. He played well and had no ill effects from his first game back. So, good result all around,” mentioned coach Steve Nash, who’s trying to ramp up Durant’s minutes and getting him in sync along with his teammates. “It’s about as straightforward because it will get incorporating Kevin, however on the identical time, you need to have sufficient time to jell and to essentially discover that understanding.
“It’s been two months, so it’s great that he’s back. The No. 1 priority is to keep him as healthy and safe as possible. … Second is slowly ramping up his minutes in the game so he can get back to his normal output, but also so he can feel comfortable with his teammates, some of which he hasn’t really played with.”
Durant had by no means performed with Nic Claxton, LaMarcus Aldridge or Blake Griffin earlier than Wednesday. He has solely logged 186 minutes with James Harden, who was at HSS Training Center on Friday getting remedy on his personal hamstring pressure.
“He’s working out right now and getting treatment, and he’s in the building every day with us,” Nash mentioned. “So he’s working his way back, and obviously he’s got a little stretch ahead of him here, but he’s doing all the right things.”
Shamet is about to return after lacking two video games with a sprained ankle. He sprained it March 21 versus the Wizards and missed 5 in a row, earlier than returning for simply two after which re-injuring it once more.
“Sometimes, plays happen. You’re going to land on people’s feet so, that’s really all it was. I feel confident. I feel really good. I’m excited to return,” mentioned Shamet, who has hit 51.2 p.c from 3-point vary for the reason that All-Star break and 42.9 p.c since being briefly dropped from the lineup in late January. He mentioned he’s assured he gained’t lose momentum.
“I’m not too worried about it,” Shamet mentioned. “Just come in, keep shooting, take open looks, don’t pass up open looks, be aggressive. Just play basketball, play free. That’s my whole approach.”