Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash has admitted that he is concerned over the number of minutes Kevin Durant has been logging recently. The Nets have a short-handed roster as several players have been placed in the NBA's health and safety protocols.
Durant played 39 minutes on Thursday night and scored 34 points in a 114-105 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Durant is averaging 36.9 minutes per game this season -- fourth most in the NBA. "It's a really important topic," Nash said, per ESPN.
"I don't know we can continue to lean on him the way we have. It doesn't feel right. "I know he's enjoying it. I know he's enjoying playing at the rate he's playing at and trying to bring his teammates along with him and all the responsibility that he's accepted and crushed, basically.
It's just been incredible. But, at the same time, it's not safe or sustainable to lean on him like that. There's gonna be a lot of consideration and we'll have to figure out ways to give him breaks."
Durant just wants to help his team win
Durant has been playing big minutes this season and also posting big numbers.
Durant is averaging 29.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists this season. "I just try to do what's required, man," said Durant, when asked about his minutes load after Tuesday's win. "I mean, I want to be out there.
I want to play. I want to win. So, it starts there. "Whatever I got to do to accomplish those three things, I'm going to do." Seven Nets players entered the NBA's health and safety protocols. "The question is we're above the threshold, so to speak, which is positive," Nash said, referring to the NBA's minimum requirement of having eight healthy players available to play in a game.
"At the same time, we're barely above the threshold. So what toll does that take on our players? "Is it better to be over the threshold and to not be playing until you have a healthy roster or is it better to have enough to play but to be short-handed and the burden and the toll that takes on these guys and knowing that you're going to have guys coming back who haven't been able to practice or play basketball? So it is definitely tricky to navigate."