NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 23: Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Barclays Center on January 23, 2020 in New York City.
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The Brooklyn Nets will be without Kevin Durant on Friday night. The superstar is resting with a Saturday game against the Heat looming.

Kevin Durant is sitting out Friday’s game between the Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers due to Achilles injury recovery per the NBA’s injury report. This shouldn’t come as a huge shock to fans. It is expected that the Nets are going to be careful with their big three during the regular season.

The Nets play in a back-to-back on Friday and Saturday. In all likelihood, Durant will sit Friday and Kyrie Irving will sit out on Saturday. James Harden seems like the likely choice to play in both games.

Durant, Irving, and Harden combined to play nearly 150 minutes in their double-overtime loss to the Cavs on Wednesday.

Durant is putting up absurd stats so far this year. It looks like he hasn’t missed a beat after rupturing his Achilles in the 2019 NBA Finals. The two-time Finals MVP is averaging 31.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per game on 53/47/87 shooting splits. He’s reminding everyone who he is — he’s Kevin Durant.

Nets Add Norvel Pelle

The Nets need to add some depth to the roster and Norvel Pelle provides exactly that. Although he’s yet to make his mark in the NBA, he possesses athleticism and defensive tenacity.

In 24 games with the Philadelphia 76ers last year, Pelle averaged 2.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks. He should have an opportunity to crack the rotation as a backup center at some point in the near future. He might not be the answer for Brooklyn, but we should find out soon enough.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.