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NBA shakes: Kevin Durant is expected to play again today against the Heat. The small forward recovered from his knee and could be present to lead Brooklyn Nets to the Playoffs.

By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).

Kevin Durant is about to make his comeback in a Brooklyn Nets jersey after missing a month and a half of competition after suffering a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee on January 15.

His return, scheduled for Thursday against the Miami Heat, could change the outlook not only for his team but for the entire NBA.

The Nets star was injured during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans when teammate Bruce Brown received a push and fell backward onto Durant’s knee, who could only play 12 minutes of that game.

Until then, the forward was the National Basketball Association’s leading scorer with an average of 29.3 points, to which he added 7.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists.

After his time away, Durant still holds Brooklyn’s top scoring average, second-best in rebounds, and best in assists as well.

At the time, the Nets’ reality was very different: they had a 27-15 record and were second in the Eastern Conference.

In his 21-game absence, the Brooklyn Nets have lost 16 games and are eighth in the standings, inside the Play-In, and almost impossible to catch the Boston Celtics for the last direct Playoff spot.

During his absence, the Nets traded James Harden to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Ben Simmons, a trade that could change the course of the season.

With Durant returning when the Australian point guard is available, Brooklyn will have to try to fit a new Big Three with Kyrie Irving, who may be able to play home games soon if New York City lowers the mandates for those not vaccinated against the coronavirus.

If it works and Durant stays healthy, no one can deny that the Nets would once again be one of the clear contenders to win the ring. They were when Kevin was on the court.

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