Brooklyn Nets star forward Kevin Durant reveals his biggest wish heading into the playoffs is to have the whole team healthy and ready to compete. The Nets haven't been lucky with injuries this season but Durant is now healthy and Kyrie Irving is allowed to play home games.
Unfortunately for the Nets, Ben Simmons - who was acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers prior to the deadline - hasn't yet made his debut. Once Simmons started ramping up his preparation to return to the court, he sustained a back injury.
“To be honest we just want to be healthy,” Durant said, via the YES Network. “I think we all understand what playoff basketball is about and we’ll be able to lock in on the team, you know, once we get two or three days of practice.
But most part we just want to stay healthy”.
Durant happy to have Irving back at Barclays Center
On Sunday, Irving played his first home game of the season. "It was great to see him out there," Durant said after the Nets' 119-110 loss to the Charlotte Hornets.
"Good to see the fans excited for him. Unfortunately, we took the L, though. But we move forward knowing that we have him here. Build on what we have and try to get a win next game." Irving felt the nerves in his first home game of the season as he shot 6-of-22 from the field and finished with 16 points.
"I was just trying to ground myself as much as possible today," Irving said. "And just prepare for the warm reception from a lot of supporters of the organization, of me, just the journey thus far. So I don't take it for granted what happened tonight; it was historic.
I'm grateful I got a chance to be out there with my brothers and just leave it all out there." The Nets fans were happy to see Irving back but the 119-110 loss to the Hornets spoiled Irving's home debut. "Not the result we wanted," Irving said.
"I didn't shoot as well as I wanted. Basically none of the things I had hoped for going well tonight, it just didn't happen. And that's just the flow of basketball. Mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, it felt OK, but just the jump shot wasn't falling tonight.
We weren't hitting shots. So not the result we wanted, but definitely grateful that we were part of history tonight and I got to do it here."