Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant will miss the upcoming NBA All-Star Game (Feb. 19, TNT) as he continues to recover from the sprained right MCL that has sidelined him for the past 13 games, TNT’s Chris Haynes and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnaworski reported Tuesday.
Wojnarowski added that, despite a positive update from Nets coach Jacque Vaughn, there is still no target date for Durant’s return to regular action.
Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant (MCL sprain) will not play in the All-Star game next week in Salt Lake City, league sources tell @NBAonTNT, @BleacherReport.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 7, 2023
With eight days until the All-Star break starts for the Nets, Kevin Durant (MCL sprain) isn’t expected to return to team’s lineup until post-break, sources tell ESPN. Jacque Vaughn told reporters that there’s still no timetable for a return. https://t.co/mmkvOGahne
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2023
It’s been an exceptionally turbulent stretch for the Nets without their leading scorer, during which they have not only lost 9 of 14 games but also traded eight-time All-Star Kyrie Irving to Dallas after he publicly asked out from the franchise he joined as a free agent in 2019.
Despite the slide, the Nets remain fifth in the Eastern Conference at 32-22, just one game behind fourth-place Cleveland. In the three games since Irving’s trade demand/departure, second-year guard Cam Thomas has scored 44, 47 and 43 points.