The Brooklyn Nets picked up one of their All-Stars in the mix even as another is resting.
Kevin Durant left the bench in tonight’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans (LIVE, ESPN). The two-time former MVP of the final greeted cheers from the limited Nets crowd before hitting his first half-distance shot. Durant had not played since February 13 due to strain in his left hamstring.
In a video posted by the team on Twitter, Durant opened up about his work rehabilitating his injury and being ready to play.
“The last month or so it’s just been practicing every day, playing here and there with my teammates,” Durant said. “I mostly exercise and just try to stay prepared, maintain my stamina and hone my skills so I can resume the transition smoothly.
“It’s good to have a few of these sessions before I get into an NBA game. It’s been too long for me… I’m just excited to be back there.
The Nets have only had their star trio of Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving in the same lineup for seven games (5-2) this season, but are currently No. 2 in the Eastern Conference at 35-16. Durant is averaging 29.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 5.9 pg for the Nets this season.
Harden will be reassessed in about 10 days after an MRI scan revealed a strained right hamstring, the team announced on Tuesday.
Harden was initially injured on March 31 against the Houston Rockets, but appeared to worsen hamstrings upon his return against the New York Knicks on Monday.
It only lasted four minutes before having to leave the contest.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.