When Kevin Durant got wounded connected Jan. 8 successful Miami and was diagnosed with a sprained MCL the adjacent morning, the Nets said helium would beryllium evaluated successful 2 weeks.
With the Nets flying cross-country pursuing their victory implicit the defending-champion Warriors, nary update was expected Monday. There could beryllium much clarity astatine Tuesday’s practice.
For his part, manager Jacque Vaughn said helium has fixed his prima subordinate his abstraction during his rehab process.
“Yeah, I truly benignant of said successful 2 weeks fto maine cognize something,” Vaughn said. “So too that, haven’t asked for update and I’m looking guardant to the two-week update.”
Last play Durant missed astir 7 weeks with a sprained MCL, getting wounded connected Jan. 15 and not returning until March 3. The Nets went 5-16 successful that stretch, but aggregate sources told The Post this wounded is not arsenic terrible arsenic that one.
Kyrie Irving has been connected occurrence of late, out-dueling Steph Curry connected Sunday with 38 points, 7 rebounds and a season-high 9 assists. It’s the archetypal clip he’s ever topped 30 points, 5 assists and 5 boards successful 3 consecutive games.
The All-Star constituent defender has 15,025 vocation points, passing Mike Miller for the 146th slot each time.
Nic Claxton had 24 points and 15 rebounds versus the Warriors, some career-highs. He acceptable the franchise grounds with a 12th consecutive crippled of astatine slightest 3 blocks, breaking the people acceptable doubly by Shawn Bradley successful 1996.
“Yeah I knew I was close, and I knew I didn’t person immoderate blocks successful the archetypal fractional truthful I knew I needed to travel retired and get a few. That’s big-time. Beating that grounds is big-time,” said Claxton, whose assurance is astatine a high.
“I consciousness similar the sky’s the limit. I’m conscionable playing free. It’s a batch much accidental retired determination for myself and my teammates are uncovering maine and I’m staying assertive with the minutes I’m being fixed and I’m conscionable having amusive and conscionable playing. I’m having a batch of amusive and decidedly consciousness similar the sky’s the limit.”
Royce O’Neale deed the go-ahead 3-pointer successful a game-ending 22-6 run. He’s present shooting a career-best 40.5 percent from deep, putting the 3 successful his 3-and-D profile.
“I deliberation conscionable the enactment coming successful each day, moving hard connected my craft, and being assured successful myself during these games,” O’Neale said. “I mean, these guys having a batch of spot me, uncovering me, and maine conscionable having the trusting and having the assurance successful myself being that guy.”
Brooklyn’s 16 roadworthy wins are the second-most successful the NBA.
The Nets’ adjacent crippled caps a five-game roadworthy swing, ending Wednesday successful Philadelphia.