NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant will start for the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night against Miami after missing 21 games with a left knee ligament sprain.
Jacque Vaughn, coach of the team with Steve Nash in health and safety protocols, said there would be no set limits for how much Durant could play, saying they would keep an open dialogue during the game .
The Nets brought Durant off the bench in his first game after returning from a long injury absence last season, but Vaughn said the All-Star forward was ready to play from the start this time around.
The Nets were 5-16 in Durant’s absence, dropping from second to eighth in the Eastern Conference. They are still without Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons, but think just having Durant will make the difference.
“It will definitely have an immediate impact on our juice and our level of play tonight,” Vaughn said.