Kevin Durant won’t play (rest) Friday vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder
The Brooklyn Nets will hold Kevin Durant out for Friday night’s date with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Not a huge surprise a day after Head Coach Steve Nash said the Big Three’s heavy minutes were “not sustainable” for most of the season. This could be the beginning of more frequent rest days for Durant, coming even when the Nets aren’t on a back-to-back like Friday. From the sound of Nash’s comments, James Harden and Kyrie Irving should be in line for some maintenance days as well. In Wednesday’s OT win over the Hawks, KD played over 42 minutes while Irving logged 41:56 and Harden was on the court a ridiculous 46 minutes, most of any player on either team. Durant’s 36:45 average playing time this year ranks third in the NBA and is the most he’s played since the 2013-14 season. That was when the former Warrior was 25-years-old and before he tore his Achilles and missed the entire 2019-20 season.
With Durant out, it could be an excellent opportunity to head to FanDuel’s Sportsbook and look at the overs on some prop bets involving Kyrie and/or Harden. It also opens the door for Jeff Green, available in 75 percent of fantasy leagues, and Joe Harris, who is taken in about 70 percent of pools, to have an impact. If you’re looking to feed your fantasy fix more immediately, both players come pretty cheaply at FanDuel DFS. Green can be added for $4400, while Harris carries a cap-friendly $4700 price tag.