Nets' Durant remains out; Celtics' Brown, Walker sidelined

Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant, center, sits with Brooklyn Nets' Blake Griffin, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. The Raptors won 114-103. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson) (Mike Carlson, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

NEW YORK – Kevin Durant missed his third straight game Friday against Boston after Nets coach Steve Nash said the forward's bruised left thigh hadn't healed enough to play.

The Nets had listed Durant as questionable earlier in the day but ruled him out a couple hours before the game. Nash said the All-Star was close and possibly could return Sunday against Phoenix, but acknowledged that it may not be until next week.

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They are already playing without James Harden because of a strained right hamstring.

The Celtics also remained short-handed, with Jaylen Brown missing his second straight game with left shoulder bursitis and Kemba Walker sitting out the second of back-to-back games to rest his left knee.

“It’s the NBA in 2021. You’re going to both have people out. It’s the way it goes,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

Boston did get back Evan Fournier after he missed the last nine games for health and safety protocol reasons.

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