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Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are entering the NBA’s health and safety protocols

It’s every NBA fan’s least favorite phrase: health and safety protocols. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are the latest Brooklyn Nets to join the party.

Durant and Irving join James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre’ Bembry, Bruce Brown, Jevon Carter, James Johnson, and Paul Millsap in the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

Irving would not have been eligible to play for the Nets until Dec. 23, but this will push his potential start date back even further.

Brooklyn plays the Orlando Magic on Saturday night. In addition to these eight Nets, Nic Claxton is questionable with left wrist soreness, David Duke Jr. is probable with left hip soreness, and Joe Harris is out following ankle surgery.

So where does that leave the Nets for Saturday night? They need eight healthy players in order to play. Here is where they stand in terms of available players:

  • Patty Mills
  • Cam Thomas
  • Blake Griffin
  • Day’Ron Sharpe
  • Kessler Edwards
  • Langston Galloway (10-day contract)
  • James Ennis (10-day contract)
  • Shaquille Harrison (10-day contract)
  • David Duke Jr. (probable)
  • Nic Claxton (questionable)

Even if Claxton and Duke are out, the Nets should have enough players to take the floor against the Magic. Brooklyn will need the rookies to step up in a third consecutive game.

As for the Magic, they aren’t immune to COVID-19. Here is a full list of Orlando’s injury report:

  • Mo Bamba (Health and Safety Protocols): Out
  • Ignas Brazdeikis (Health and Safety Protocols): Out
  • R.J. Hampton (Health and Safety Protocols): Out
  • Terrence Ross (Health and Safety Protocols): Out
  • Moritz Wagner (Health and Safety Protocols): Out
  • Michael Carter-Williams (Left Ankle): Out
  • Markelle Fultz (Left Knee): Out
  • Jonathan Isaac (Left Knee): Out
  • E’Twaun Moore (Left Knee): Out
  • Jalen Suggs (Right Thumb): Out
  • Wendell Carter Jr. (Right Lower Leg): Out
  • Cole Anthony (Right Ankle): Questionable

Prepare for a lot of “Who is that guy?” moments in this game.

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