The basketball world, and the Cleveland Cavaliers, will get a chance to see how Nets stars James Harden and Kyrie Irving will co-exist sans Kevin Durant. After logging over 50 minutes and putting up 38, 12 rebounds and 8 assist Wednesday in the team’s 147-135, Durant will sit out Friday’s return match with the Cavaliers to rest his Achilles’ tendon.
From Malika Andrews of ESPN:
Brooklyn Nets’ star Kevin Durant has been ruled out of Friday night’s game at the Cleveland Cavaliers for Achilles injury rehab.
Durant played more than 50 minutes in the Nets’ double overtime loss to the Cavaliers on Wednesday. Durant tallied 38 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in Wednesday’s loss.
Friday is also the first night of a back-to-back, as the Nets are slated to play the Miami Heat on Saturday night. Durant has played in both games of a back-to-back games once this season, on Jan. 12 against the Nuggets and Jan 13 against the Knicks.
Durant said being able to play in back-to-backs was a goal of his, post Achilles injury. Durant tore his right Achilles in June of 2018. This season, Durant is averaging 31.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and six assists per game.