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Nets’ Kevin Durant cleared to return vs Warriors after virus scare
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Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) drives with the ball against Toronto Raptors power forward Pascal Siakam (43) during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports/file) Kevin Durant has been cleared to return to the Brooklyn Nets’ lineup just in time for his first road matchup with his former team, the Golden State Warriors. Durant, who missed three games because of COVID-19 protocols, returned to practice Friday for the first time since he was pulled from the Nets’ game against the Toronto Raptors on Feb. 5. “Going back to Golden State, I’m looking forward to playing again and being out there with the team to try to build some chemistry. That’s my main focus,” said Durant, who played three seasons with the Warriors and won the NBA title with them in 2017 and 2018. “I had some great years in Golden State, looking forward to being back in the Bay Area, but it’s just a shame the fans won’t be there.” Durant, 32, was considered a close contact with a Nets employee who tested positive for the virus when he was pulled from the game with the Raptors. He tested negative throughout the week. “It was just an unfortunate situation,” Durant said. “I was looking forward to that game that night. Being told right before the tipoff that I had to wait a second for a test, it just threw off my rhythm a bit because I wanted to go out there and play. “But I mean I’m back out there now, it is what it is, I was a little upset during and after the game. But I’m cool now. I’m ready to play.” Durant’s stint with Golden State ended when he ruptured his Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals, a series the Warriors lost to the Raptors in six games. That offseason he left for the Nets as a free agent, signing a four-year deal worth $164 million. He missed all of the 2019-20 season while recovering from his injury. In 18 games this season, the four-time NBA scoring champion has averaged 29.5 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. gsg For more news about the novel coronavirus click here. What you need to know about Coronavirus. For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150. The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this link . Read Next Don't miss out on the latest news and information. Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000. For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
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Growing Chorus of N.B.A. Stars Boos League’s Virus Strategy
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On Jan. 12, the league and the players’ union announced new health protocols to deal with a rash of game postponements. Among the new rules, players and staff have been directed to remain at their homes or hotels when on the road except for team activities and essential tasks. After a recent game between the Miami Heat and the Nets, a security official interrupted Nets guard Kyrie Irving’s attempt to exchange jerseys with the Heat’s Bam Adebayo — much to the bafflement of Irving. (Irving slipped a jersey to Adebayo after their next game two days later.)Others players have weighed in on the All-Star game as well. On Friday, Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics, who was selected to his first All-Star team last season, said: “I feel like, for the most part, they have done a great job of trying to keep us safe,” referring to the league, “though you can’t control everything. But I do understand the concerns about it, especially in Atlanta.”His teammate Kemba Walker, a four-time All Star, told reporters on Friday that he agreed with James.“He’s a smart man,” Walker said. “He’s been around. He’s a leader. A lot of things he says are correct. He feels the way he feels. I’m probably going to be on vacation.”Earlier in the week, De’Aaron Fox, the top guard on the Sacramento Kings, said holding the game would be “stupid.”“If we have to wear masks and do all this for a regular game, then what’s the point of bringing the All-Star game back?” Fox told reporters. “Obviously, money makes the world go ’round so it is what it is.”For the moment, the N.B.A.’s virus-related game postponements have died down. The most recent one was on Monday, when the Detroit Pistons and Denver Nuggets were supposed to play in Denver. Two days later, the league said in its weekly report that no new players had tested positive for the coronavirus. The week before there had been one case, a sharp reduction from the 27 reported over the two weeks prior. In January, several teams were missing multiple players because of infections and contact tracing, but now most teams are no longer missing anyone for that reason.N.B.A. players — like much of the country — are under enormous mental strain, as Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors said in a podcast interview that was posted on Friday. He said this season has been particularly difficult with longer days as a result of daily testing and restrictions in the league’s protocols.
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Kevin Durant, LeBron James headline early All-Star voting
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Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) controls the ball against Los Angeles Clippers power forward Nicolas Batum (33) during the third quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports) Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets and LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers lead their respective conferences in the first round of NBA fan balloting for next month’s NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta. The game, originally scheduled for this month in Indianapolis, was canceled in November because of COVID-19. But, according to multiple reports, it will be played March 7 after the league and the players union reached a tentative agreement on Thursday to play in Atlanta. In All-Star voting that was released Thursday, Durant leads all players with 2,302,705 with James next at 2,288,676. The only other player to receive 2 million votes was Golden State point guard Stephen Curry (2,113,178). Durant, a 6-foot-10 forward who sat out last season with an Achilles injury, averages 30.8 points, second behind Bradley Beal (34.8) of the Washington Wizards. Durant, a 10-time All-Star, also averages 7.5 points and 5.2 assists. James, a 16-time All-Star forward with four NBA titles, averages 25.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 7.5 assists for the defending champion Lakers. Curry, a six-time All-Star, is fifth in scoring at 28.2. The next fan voting update is Thursday, Feb. 11. Read Next Don't miss out on the latest news and information. Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000. For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
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