NEW YORK – Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant could not begin a sport after which could not end it, eliminated within the third quarter due to the NBA’s well being and security protocols.
Durant wasn’t out there at the start of Friday night time’s sport in opposition to Toronto, ultimately being cleared to enter within the first quarter. As soon as he did, it turned his first look as a reserve in his 867 NBA video games.
NBA spokesman Tim Frank stated in an announcement that Durant had examined damaging thrice within the final 24 hours, together with two damaging PCR assessments Friday. He stated somebody whom Durant interacted with within the afternoon had an inconclusive take a look at outcome return shortly earlier than the sport. Durant was initially held out whereas that outcome was being reviewed.
“Below the league’s well being and security protocols, we don’t require a participant to be quarantined till an in depth contact has a confirmed optimistic take a look at,” Frank stated. “In the course of the sport, a optimistic outcome was returned for the particular person Durant interacted with. … As soon as that take a look at was confirmed optimistic, out of an abundance of warning, Durant was faraway from the sport.”
Frank stated contact tracing is underway to find out if Durant was in shut contact of the person who examined optimistic.
Durant helped the Nets rally to take the lead earlier than he was knowledgeable within the third quarter that he wanted to exit the sport. Replays confirmed coach Steve Nash showing to present the information to Durant, who walked towards the locker room space and threw a water bottle in frustration. The Nets then introduced he was out for the remainder of the night time.
Durant had already missed three video games this season associated to the well being and security protocols. He examined optimistic for the virus in March whereas he was recovering from Achilles tendon surgical procedure.
Durant completed with eight factors. He had scored at the very least 20 factors in all of his 17 video games up to now, the longest streak to start a season in his profession.
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