Kevin Durant had been back in the Brooklyn Nets lineup for less than two weeks when he suffered his latest injury.
Durant left the Nets' game Sunday against the Miami Heat early in the first quarter after suffering what the team called a left thigh contusion. He scored Brooklyn's first eight points in about four minutes before limping to the locker room with 7:57 to go in the opening frame. Without Durant the rest of the way, the Heat prevailed 109-107 on Bam Adebayo's game-winning shot at the buzzer.
Nets coach Steve Nash said Durant will be re-evaluated Monday, but he was hopeful Durant would be able to remain with the team on its current road trip.
"He's sore, but we don't know how severe," Nash said. "We'll see (Monday) how he wakes up and go from there."
This certainly wasn't how the Nets envisioned things going when they traded for James Harden in January to play alongside Durant and Kyrie Irving.