Kevin Durant will not play in Friday’s game against the Orlando Magic (7:30 p.m. ET, NBA League Pass) because of a right shoulder sprain, the team announced Friday.
Brooklyn Nets say that Kevin Durant will miss tonight’s game vs the Orlando Magic because of a sprained right shoulder
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) November 19, 2021
ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk reported on Sunday that Durant has been playing with a sore right shoulder since the start of the season. After the Nets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 120-96 on Sunday, Durant told reporters he has been getting treatment on the shoulder, but downplayed talk of it bothering him.
“It’s solid,” Durant said when asked about the shoulder. “A little sore here and there, but I played, didn’t get in the way too much. Keep getting treatment and take it a day at a time.”
Since that game, Durant has played in the Nets’ last two games: a 117-99 blowout loss to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday and a 109-99 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday. Durant had 19 points (on 6-for-19 shooting), five rebounds and three assists against the Warriors and had 23 points (on 9-for-16 shooting), four rebounds and three assists against the Cavs.
Durant is the No. 2 scorer in the NBA (28.6 points per game) and is within striking range of the current leader, former teammate and Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry (29.5 ppg). Durant’s scoring average is his best since 2015-16 (28.2 ppg) and he is shooting a career-best 56.7% overall this season.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.