The Nets announced that the NBA’s leading scorer will sit out Thursday’s game against the Thunder at Barclays Center after he’d appeared in three games over the previous four days, including Wednesday’s road win over the Bulls. The 33-year-old Durant ranks second in the league behind Toronto’s Fred VanVleet in minutes per game this season at 37.2. Veteran guard Patty Mills also will be rested against Oklahoma City, the Nets said, with big men LaMarcus Aldridge (foot) and Nic Claxton (hamstring) also unavailable. Unvaccinated guard Kyrie Irving also will be out of the lineup again due to local COVID-19 mandates after he played in the team’s two road games this week in Portland and Chicago.
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January 17, 2022 | 7:13 pm EST Update
Paul Garcia: “He’s been out for a long time, I mean a really long time. He needs his rhythm to come back to feel comfortable.” – Coach Pop on Zach Collins playing in the G-League as he gets ready to return from his injury. Pop says he was just watching some of Collins’ game with Austin
Tom Orsborn: Pop indicated that D White will continue to come off the bench – at least until Tre Jones returns from health and safety protocols. “Tre is not here, so we need that backup point,” Pop said.
Serena Winters: Isaac Okoro on how much pride he takes on the defensive end: “I take a lot of pride in that. Ever since I was young, I learned that was the only way I was going to get on the court was by playing defense… If I’m locking somebody up, I’m happy.” – @Isaac Okoro
January 17, 2022 | 7:08 pm EST Update
Josh Lewenberg: Halfway point of the season for the Raptors tonight. Nurse said that this has been the most challenging of his 4 years as an NBA head coach so far, lots of ups and downs. “There’s some stark downs, man, and it’s been a battle to pick everybody up, or pick yourself up.”