Kevin Durant likely to return to Nets lineup against Suns

From Adam Wells of B/R:

The Brooklyn Nets could get Kevin Durant back for Sunday’s game against the Phoenix Suns.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, citing a source, reported Sunday morning that Durant “is planning to return to the lineup.”

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium first reported Saturday that Durant is officially listed as probable after missing the past three games with a thigh contusion.

Durant was injured in the first quarter of Brooklyn’s 109-107 loss to the Miami Heat on Sunday. His thigh collided with Trevor Ariza’s knee as he was driving to the basket.

Brooklyn ruled Durant out for the remainder of that game, but he wasn’t expected to miss an extended period of time. Brian Lewis of the New York Post reported Wednesday the Nets considered the injury to be minor.

The Heat game was Durant’s fifth appearance back after he missed 23 consecutive games from Feb. 15 to April 5 with a strained left hamstring. The 11-time All-Star has been terrific when he’s been in the lineup, averaging 27.3 points on 46.2 percent shooting from three, 6.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game.

Durant’s return comes at a great time for the Nets. James Harden was ruled out indefinitely Tuesday after suffering a setback while rehabbing his strained right hamstring.

The Nets lead the Eastern Conference with a 40-20 record.

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