Kevin Durant may not be playing in the NBA All-Star Game, but that won’t stop him from picking and captaining the team.
The Brooklyn star’s hamstring strain has ruled him out until after the All-Star break, meaning Durant won’t play in the March 7 event. But after getting the most votes in the Eastern Conference, he will still select a roster for Team Durant from the player pool. The All-Star draft airs March 4 on TNT.
Kyrie Irving and James Harden teamed up with Durant to give the Nets three NBA Stars for the first time in their history, although it is unknown if Durant will actually make the trip to Atlanta.
Durant is averaging 29.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists, but he missed his seventh straight game Saturday night against Dallas and will be out of the Nets’ last two road games of the first half on Monday at San Antonio. and on Wednesday in Houston.
“Just try to cheer him up,” Joe Harris said of Durant. “Obviously, it’s hard not to have him, but it’s harder for Kevin because he likes to play so much.
“He loves the game and just wants to compete and play with guys, especially after being away a full year. He’s had a lot of ups and downs, be it the COVID protocol and now the injury. Try to cheer him up and make sure he’s doing well in that regard. “
Boston’s Jayson Tatum became the starter, while Indiana’s Domantas Sabonis replaced Durant on the Eastern Conference roster.
Harris is on track for a historic shooting year. He came into Saturday hitting 53.4 percent overall and 50.9 from 3-point range. No player has shot 50 and 50 while trying at least five or more triples.
As a result, Harris has skyrocketed on the NBA’s all-time charts. He entered the season 11th in all-time 3-point percentage, and has now passed seven players to rank fourth at 43.7.
With the trade deadline within a month, the Nets are believed to be at least quietly measuring Spencer Dinwiddie’s worth. SNY reported that the Pistons, who drafted and later dumped Dinwiddie, have an interest in the injured guard.
The Nets are encouraged by the skills and pick-and-roll ability Reggie Perry has shown in the G-League, and they are convinced that he will eventually be able to reach 3. The next step is, in addition to developing all those, “defend at an improved and accelerated rate,” according to Nash.
It was never revealed how much Nets owner Joe Tsai paid for the Liberty in 2019. But sports bankers estimate it to be in the $ 10 million to $ 14 million range according to CNBC.