Thursday night’s marquee matchup between the Celtics and Nets will be missing a pair of substantial names.
Brooklyn wide title Kevin Durant will dwell out as he continues to get better from a hamstring injury, and new addition Blake Griffin will sit because he is tranquil ramping up after being sidelined by the Pistons for an extended duration. Celtics guard Marcus Shining, meanwhile, is on be conscious to play for the major time since leisurely January and gives Boston a noteworthy-wished boost on each and every ends of the bottom.
Right here’s the latest news on Durant, Griffin and Shining earlier than Celtics vs. Nets.
Kevin Durant injury substitute
Sooner or later of his Wednesday media availability, Nets coach Steve Nash told journalists that Durant is “recuperating the total time.” The 2-time NBA Finals MVP is scheduled to contain more imaging accomplished on his left hamstring next week, and the implications of those scans will give Brooklyn a better idea of how snappy Durant can rejoin the starting up lineup.
“We had been attempting ahead to the possibility of this to be a month or whatever it will be,” Nash said. “So, who knows? Who knows what the scan says? Who knows where this takes us and the diagram in which quickly he’s aid? I judge once we got the second scan [we knew] this is maybe what we had been having a peer at.”
Durant has been doing taking pictures drills and rhythm work, per Nash, but he has not yet participated in a fleshy-court docket scrimmage. When asked whether there turned into once any possibility that Durant’s hamstring stress could perchance be linked to the Achilles injury that sidelined him for everything of the 2019-20 season, Nash said the team doesn’t assume the 2 “are linked in any respect.”
“He’s doing totally excellent now, and we all for sure feel for sure certain regarding the route he’s going,” Nash said. “But we excellent can also honest tranquil be very cautious because he’s a for sure major participant for us.”
Blake Griffin injury substitute
Griffin, who honest recently signed with the Nets after reaching a buyout settlement with the Pistons, is listed on Brooklyn’s injury file, but he shut down any concerns about his well being. He’s only getting aid into game shape after an extended layoff, and he plans to focus on his doable debut date with the Nets’ performance workers.
“I’m not injured in any respect,” Griffin said Wednesday. “I have not played in three weeks, so I judge it be excellent to form of ramp me up — or, for sure, virtually four weeks now. There is no injury.”
The six-time All-Star final played on Feb. 12 sooner than Griffin and the Pistons determined that it could well be totally for the six-time All-Star to sit down out as Detroit thought to be doable trades or the terms of a buyout. Now Griffin is centered on chasing a championship alongside the “Gigantic Three” of Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving.
“There is a finding out curve, for obvious, but I form of set asserting it. Basketball is basketball on the dwell of the day,” Griffin said. “I’m reasonably mindful of these guys, and take care of I said, they set the game less complicated for us. There’ll be that finding out curve, but I’m excellent excited to be on the court docket with them and figure it out.
“We contain now two months sooner than the playoffs delivery, and I judge that is deal of time.”
Marcus Shining injury substitute
The Celtics can also honest tranquil contain Shining aid on the bottom when they kick off the second half of of the regular season. The 27-year-extinct guard ignored Boston’s past 18 games after struggling a calf injury on Jan. 30.
“This day turned into once my first day to basically get within the market and play 5-on-5 and [get] contact and for sure press it to the limit to behold,” Shining said Wednesday. “It felt for sure unswerving. … They cleared me and said if this day went well, I’m almost definitely, maybe going to play tomorrow until something changes. But as of excellent now, I could be playing the game tomorrow.”
Boston coach Brad Stevens renowned that Shining will be on a minutes restriction when he returns.
Celtics vs. Nets injury file
(Present as of 5: 30 p.m. ET on Thursday)
|Celtics||Romeo Langford||Out||Smartly being and safety protocols|
|Nets||Spencer Dinwiddie||Out||Proper knee; partly torn ACL|
|Nets||Kevin Durant||Out||Left hamstring; stress|
|Nets||Jeff Inexperienced||On hand||Proper shoulder; contusion|
|Nets||Blake Griffin||Out||Left knee; injury administration|
|Nets||Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot||Out||Proper knee; soreness|