Steve Nash wouldn’t give a timeline on Kevin Durant’s left hamstring strain that sidelined him Monday in Sacramento and is expected to keep him out Tuesday in Phoenix. But Nash reassured the Nets didn’t feel the issue was serious or long term.
“I have no timelines. I know he’s gonna miss [Monday] and [Tuesday] night, and then we’ll continue to monitor it. But I don’t think it’s a long-term thing,” Nash said. “I don’t want to give it the kiss of death and proclaim that right now. So we’ll just keep monitoring it, and hopefully it’s a short-term thing.”
Durant got hurt during Saturday’s win at Golden State. Imaging didn’t turn up anything catastrophic, though Nash was noncommittal.
“I’m not going to go there because I’ll probably say something that I shouldn’t, but let me just say that it doesn’t appear to be a long-term injury,” Nash said. “Hopefully, this is something that we can get through quickly.
“You never know; sometimes imaging is spot-on, and sometimes imaging represents something larger than what actually is taking place. So I don’t want to venture too far out in terms of predicting how long he’ll be out. But everyone believes this is more of a short-term thing.”
DeAndre Jordan’s absence was short term. After missing the Warriors game for family reasons, he was back Monday and not expected to miss any more time.
“No, it’s over,” Nash said. “We’re excited to have him back. And we missed him, and he’ll be ready to go tonight.”
Despite Jordan’s return, the Nets went small against the Kings with Jeff Green at stretch-5, Joe Harris at stretch-4 and Bruce Brown at small forward.