Kevin Durant

Brooklyn Nets Star Kevin Durant Pulled From Game Twice Due to COVID-19 Concerns

The NBA said Durant was in close contact with someone who tested positive

Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets reacts as he sits during a time out against the Toronto Raptors at Barclays Center
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Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant was pulled from a game twice Friday based on COVID-19 concerns.

The NBA said in a statement that the 10-time All-Star was held back before tipoff because a close contact had an inconclusive Covid-19 test. He was seen in the game during the first quarter but was pulled again, in third quarter, after the close contact was confirmed positive, the NBA said.

The league doesn't require a player to be quarantined until a confirmed positive test for a close contact is revealed, it said.

Durant was clearly frustrated, tweeting after being pulled out of the game, "Free me."

The player, who averages nearly 30 points a game, had 8 points in 19 minutes and was off-court as the Nets fell to the Toronto Raptors 123-117.

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