Report: Nets superstar to miss contest vs. Cavs on Monday

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The Cleveland Cavaliers will be matching up against one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference on Monday, as they are set to take on the Brooklyn Nets.

But they could have the upper hand, as the Nets will reportedly miss the services of star Kevin Durant.

The league’s leading scorer this season had an MRI early Sunday, and the diagnosis is reported to be a sprained MCL. The injury could cause Durant to miss a significant period of time.

This is certainly bad news for Brooklyn. Durant’s injury occurred during the Nets’ Saturday game versus the New Orleans Pelicans. He left the game with 5:44 left in the first half after his teammate Bruce Brown fell backwards into his knee.

Without Durant, the Nets will definitely have a more difficult time against Cleveland. However, they will have former Cavs champion Kyrie Irving for the contest.

The point guard, who is yet to be vaccinated against COVID-19, is only allowed to play certain road games and is not allowed to suit up for the Nets’ home games because of New York City’s COVID-19 requirements.

As for the Cavs, they will play at home on Monday after a while. They just finished a six-game road trip in which they won five contests. Their last win over the Oklahoma City Thunder saw starting point guard Darius Garland post gaudy numbers. He recorded 27 points and 18 assists in that game.

The team is currently 26-18 and ranks sixth in the East. A win over the Nets would push Cleveland closer to the top seed.

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Orel is a freelance writer who is passionate about the NBA. He has followed the league since the late '90s and found increased interest in it in 2003 – when an 18-year-old prodigy from Akron, Ohio took the league by storm.