Kevin Durant Will Not Start Against The Raptors Due To Health And Safety Protocols


Kevin Durant has subsequently been cleared to play against the Raptors on Friday after initially missing tip-off because of the league’s health and safety protocols. Durant entered the game just a few minutes into the opening quarter. ESPN’s Malika Andrews explained that Durant had been in contact with someone who may have been exposed to COVID, but after that individual had undergone further testing, it apparently cleared the way for Durant to play.


As the NBA inches closer to its mid-season break, there’s been a lot of debate about the wisdom of moving forward with plans to host an All-Star Game in Atlanta next month amid the ongoing pandemic. Several players around the league have expressed reservations about participating in what would be a massively scaled-down event.

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&mdash; Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 6, 2021” target=”_blank”>joined LeBron James in saying that risks involved outweighed the benefits, although some have acknowledged that they would still participate if indeed the league continues on its course to put on the annual event in Atlanta.

Amid all of that, Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Nets’ star Kevin Durant would not start for his team against the Raptors on Friday night because of the league’s health and safety protocols.

Woj initially reported that Durant would miss the entire game but quickly revised that to say he would simply not start against Toronto, leaving the possibility that he might still take the court at some point.

The Nets were one of the teams early in the season to have several players miss games due to COVID-related contact tracing and safety protocols. Durant was among those players to miss time after being exposed to the virus.