Like Kevin Durant, Landry Shamet rejoining Nets after injury

After what seems to be waves of injury setbacks, the Nets finally got some good news. Kevin Durant came through his first game in almost two months pain-free and feeling good, avoiding the day-after setback so common with comebacks.

Durant should be fine to join Kyrie Irving and the Nets in Saturday’s nationally-televised tilt against the Lakers. Guard Landry Shamet is also making a comeback and was cleared to play following his ankle injury.

“[He’s doing] good, really good. He feels good and he’s in good spirits. He played well and had no ill effects from his first game back. So, good result all around,” said coach Steve Nash, who is looking to ramp up Durant’s minutes and getting him in sync with his teammates. “It’s about as easy as it gets incorporating Kevin, but at the same time, you want to have enough time to jell and to really find that understanding.

“It’s been two months, so it’s great that he’s back. The No. 1 priority is to keep him as healthy and safe as possible. … Second is slowly ramping up his minutes in the game so he can get back to his normal output, but also so he can feel comfortable with his teammates, some of which he hasn’t really played with.”

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Landry Shamet
Landry Shamet
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Durant had never played with Nic Claxton, LaMarcus Aldridge or Blake Griffin before Wednesday. He has only logged 186 minutes with James Harden, who was at HSS Training Center on Friday getting treatment on his own hamstring strain.

“He’s working out right now and getting treatment, and he’s in the building every day with us,” Nash said. “So he’s working his way back, and obviously he’s got a little stretch ahead of him here, but he’s doing all the right things.”

Shamet is set to return after missing two games with a sprained ankle. He sprained it March 21 versus the Wizards and missed five in a row, before returning for just two and then re-injuring it again.

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“Sometimes, plays happen. You’re going to land on people’s feet so, that’s really all it was. I feel confident. I feel really good. I’m excited to return,” said Shamet, who has hit 51.2 percent from 3-point range since the All-Star break and 42.9 percent since being briefly dropped from the lineup in late January. He said he’s confident he won’t lose momentum.

“I’m not too worried about it,” Shamet said. “Just come in, keep shooting, take open looks, don’t pass up open looks, be aggressive. Just play basketball, play free. That’s my whole approach.”

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