Kevin Durant enters NBA’s COVID-19 protocols; How many games will Nets superstar miss?

The MVP marketing campaign of Nets superstar Kevin Durant may very well be coming to a short pause.

On Dec. 18, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Durant had been positioned into the NBA’s COVID-19 well being and security protocols. 

Nets’ Kevin Durant has entered well being and security protocols.


— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 18, 2021

Durant turns into the eighth member of the Nets to be positioned within the protocols, becoming a member of LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre Bembry, Bruce Brown, Jevon Carter, James Harden, James Johnson and Paul Millsap. With eight gamers within the protocols and sharpshooter Joe Harris out whereas recovering from an ankle process, the Nets have used the NBA’s hardship exemption to signal three gamers.

The Durant information comes on the heels of the Nets’ announcement that Kyrie Irving can be permitted to rejoin the group on a part-time foundation.

Now, what’s subsequent for Durant and the Nets? Here’s what to learn about his standing for upcoming games.


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Why did Kevin Durant enter the NBA’s COVID-19 well being and security protocols?

According to the NBA, a vaccinated participant enters the well being and security protocols after testing optimistic for COVID-19 or receiving an inconclusive COVID-19 check end result. Because Durant has been capable of play in dwelling games, he’s confirmed to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Durant’s end result, which is both optimistic or inconclusive, is an element of a bigger outbreak throughout the Nets group, bringing the overall variety of gamers within the protocols to eight.

How lengthy will Kevin Durant be out?

If an NBA participant assessments optimistic for COVID-19, he should spend a minimal of 10 days away from the group until he returns two unfavourable PCR assessments inside a 24-hour span.


In the previous month, Lakers’ LeBron James, Malik Monk and Russell Westbrook have all examined out of the well being and security protocols, returning to the group in lower than 10 days.

Will Kevin Durant play on Christmas?

Durant’s availability for the Nets’ Christmas Day go to to tackle the Lakers relies on his time throughout the well being and security protocols. 

With Durant coming into the protocols on Dec. 18, he would want to check out of the protocols so as to have the ability to take the ground by Dec. 25. If Durant is sidelined for no less than 10 days, he would miss no less than six of the Nets’ upcoming games.

Nets schedule 2021-22

National TV
Dec. 18
vs. Magic
7:30 PM

Dec. 19
vs. Nuggets
7:30 PM
Dec. 21
vs. Wizards
7:30 PM
Dec. 23
at Trail Blazers
10:00 PM

Dec. 25
at Lakers
8:00 PM
Dec. 27
at Clippers
10:30 PM
Dec. 30
vs. 76ers
7:00 PM
Jan. 1
vs. Clippers
7:30 PM

Jan. 3
vs. Grizzlies
7:30 PM
Jan. 5
at Pacers
7:30 PM

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