Good news for the Brooklyn Nets, as star Kevin Durant is no longer on the team’s injured list and is expected to return to the roster Thursday against the Miami Heat, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.
Durant missed more than 20 games with an injury at MCL, and his absence was greatly felt by his team. Brooklyn slipped from second in the Eastern Conference to eighth and is now in danger of missing the playoffs altogether.
The team also looks a bit different, with James Harden leaving for Philadelphia and Ben Simmons joining the roster during Durant’s entire absence. With Simmons’ debut with Brooklyn pushed back yet again and with Kyrie Irving still able to make some away appearances, many are counting on Durant to make an instant positive impact when he returns to the Barclays Center court on Thursday against a conference leader. Heat team riding a four-game winning streak.
Despite the long absence, Durant still leads the team with 29.3 points and 5.8 per game and is second in rebounds (7.4) and free throw percentage (89.4).