Kevin Durant's return isn't enough as Nets lose to Thunder

Why Kevin Durant’s return wasn’t enough to fix the Nets’ problems against OKC

Why Kevin Durant’s return wasn’t enough to fix the Nets’ problems against OKC

Utah Jazz's Royce O'Neale, right, defends Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in NY.

Irving took a personal leave of absence on January 7 and has missed three games so far. It's unclear when he will return, and Jason Dumas of KRON4 News reported on Sunday that the six-time All-Star has been "off the grid". Wojnarowski and Andrews report the National Basketball Association is opening an investigation into a video that appears to show a maskless Irving at a family birthday party. However, much like James Harden at the beginning of the season, the National Basketball Association will likely investigate this matter internally to determine whether Irving needs to quarantine himself for even longer before resuming the season.

Without Durant and Irving, the Nets have split their past two games.

After missing the past three games because of the NBA's health and safety protocols, Kevin Durant is set to return Sunday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team announced.

Nets coach Steve Nash wasn't made aware of the reasoning for Irving's absence and was forced to answer questions without having a concrete answer as to his player's whereabouts. Emailed daily. Always free!

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