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Durant improving but still weeks away from returning, says Nash

Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash said Kevin Durant has showed some improvement in his recovery from a hamstring injury, but is nowhere near returning.

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Nets star Durant improving but still 'weeks' away from returning, says Nash

Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash said Kevin Durant has showed "improvement" in his recovery from a hamstring injury, but a return is still a few "weeks" away. Durant has been sidelined since 13 February after spraining his right hamstring, an injury which forced him to sit out the NBA All-Star Game this month.

While Durant is on track with his recovery, Nash said the former MVP still has work to do. "We're monitoring it and expect him to make a full recovery," Nash said ahead of Brooklyn's clash with the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. "And hopefully it won't be too long. But he's probably got a couple weeks of ramp-up left."

Durant progressing well

Durant made his long-awaited debut for the Nets this season after sitting out the 2019-20 campaign due to an Achilles injury sustained with the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 Finals. "If he continues to improve and closes the gap on the healing and also puts himself in a position to return safely to play, he'll be back out," Nash added. "So we'll see. That's kind of up to his body and however long that takes."

Durant is averaging 29.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game for the star-studded Nets this season.