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Kevin Durant unlikely to play Saturday vs. Sixers [UPDATE]

Nets All-Star was pulled in the second half due to health and safety protocols. He tested negative three times on Friday.

 Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets celebrates his three point shot in the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors at Barclays Center on February 05, 2021 in New York City. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

Update — Durant is unlikely to travel with the Nets for their Saturday matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

COVID-19 health and safety protocols have seemed inconsistent throughout the 2020-21 NBA season, but things really got wild before and during Friday’s game between the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors. Kevin Durant was ruled out of the contest in the third quarter because of health and safety protocols, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Durant came off the bench because of health and safety protocols and managed to tally 8 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists off the pine in 19 minutes before getting the hook. It made no sense to let him play if there was any chance he’s been in close contact with someone that’s tested positive for Covid-19, but he was allowed to be out on the court for an extended period of time. We’ll have to wait and see whether Durant, who tested positive for the virus earlier this season, will cause both the Nets and Raptors to have games postponed moving forward.