Nets hold Kevin Durant, Ben Simmons and T.J. Warren dwelling
BOSTON — The Nets left their injured trio of Kevin Durant, Ben Simmons and T.J. Warren dwelling, not having them journey for Wednesday’s 139-96 loss to the Celtics.
However they declare Simmons and Warren are trending in direction of a return Saturday at dwelling in opposition to the Wizards. Durant’s knee ought to get reevaluated shortly thereafter, with continued sentiment he’ll be again sooner moderately than later.
“Hopeful, man; hold hope alive,” Nets coach Jacque Vaughn mentioned of Simmons and Warren.
“Yeah, it’s simply the subsequent day. They simply weren’t prepared but. So the most effective factor was to depart them at dwelling, they’ll get extra remedy, after which stay eager for Saturday versus Washington. In order that’s nonetheless a part of the plan, hopefully.”
Simmons was pressured out of the Jan. 26 sport in opposition to Detroit, and has now missed the final three straight with left knee soreness. Warren was out with a left shin contusion. Vaughn claimed neither had a setback.
“No, they’re simply positively progressing in direction of the correct route of getting again on the ground,” Vaughn mentioned. “We simply weren’t there but to place them again on the market.”
Durant suffered a proper MCL sprain on Jan. 8 in Miami. On Tuesday Jan. 23, the Nets mentioned the star ahead could be evaluated once more in two weeks.
When he was sidelined by an MCL damage within the different leg final season he missed seven weeks, though a supply informed The Put up this damage will not be as extreme as that one. Now Durant’s supervisor and enterprise associate Wealthy Kleiman informed ESPN the star hopes to be prepared earlier than the All-Star Recreation.
“I spoke with Kevin Durant’s enterprise associate and supervisor, Wealthy Kleiman, tonight and he tells me KD stays hopeful that he can return and play on All-Star Weekend,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski mentioned on NBA Countdown. “He actually desires to be part of All-Star: That’s February nineteenth. He likes the best way his rehab goes, how he seems on the court docket, and most significantly, how he feels.
“I feel for Kevin Durant to play and return and be part of All-Star Weekend, you’d anticipate he in all probability have to play a sport or two earlier than the Nets’ All-Star break.”
The Nets gave up 26 3-pointers to the Celtics, the second-most allowed in an NBA sport this season. The Knicks yielded 27 to Boston on Nov. 5.
The Nets’ 46-16 deficit after the opening quarter was the most important first-quarter lead in Celtics historical past.
Yuta Watanabe scored six factors on 1 of 4 capturing in 19 minutes after having initially been listed as possible with again tightness. David Duke Jr., Kessler Edwards and Dru Smith had been all out on G-League project.
Boston heart Robert Williams III scored 16 factors and 9 rebounds after having been listed as questionable with a left ankle sprain. Danilo Gallinari and Marcus Sensible had been each out.