Durant and the Nets must now prepare for a six-game road trip, and not return to New York until they welcome the Golden State Warriors to Barclays Center on November 16.
“Maybe I’m talking out of his role, but I think if the mandate changes he will be welcomed back for sure,” Nash said during the pre-match briefing with reporters on Wednesday.
“We just have to keep grinding”
On the field, Durant scored 15 of 32 points during a crucial third quarter that saw the nets start to work after a slow start—bringing to life with a 20-4 run that saw them take control of the game.
Teammates Joe Harris and James Harden scored 18 and 16, respectively, while Deandre Hunter led the way for the Hawks with 26 points.
The Nets’ tentative opening before kicking off in gear reflects their season so far. After initially stumbling to a 2-3 record with alternating losses and wins, the Nets are in a three-game streak with overall victories over the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons, before winning on Wednesday.
“I think we just needed some experience,” Durant told reporters after the match. “Knowing what squad is working – what the players are doing – and you need to play games to understand that.
“We knew it would be practical for us. I’m glad we’ve been able to learn a few things in the last few games and get back on the right page.
“We know it will be more difficult down the road but we just have to keep working,” he added.
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