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Nets star Kevin Durant to undergo further testing on injured hamstring

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) last played for the Nets on Feb. 13 against the Golden State Warriors. He has missed the team's past nine games due to a hamstring injury. File Photo by Peter Foley/EPA-EFE
Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) last played for the Nets on Feb. 13 against the Golden State Warriors. He has missed the team's past nine games due to a hamstring injury. File Photo by Peter Foley/EPA-EFE

March 10 (UPI) -- Brooklyn Nets star forward Kevin Durant, who has been sidelined for nearly a month because of a left hamstring strain, will have more imaging done on the injury next week, head coach Steve Nash said.

Nash added that even if the scan shows progress, Durant won't return to the court immediately.

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"He hasn't played in a month," Nash told reporters Wednesday. "So no matter what the scan says, there will still be an appropriate ramp-up time to make sure we put him in a position to finish the season strong."

Nash said Durant has been able to do half-court work and shooting drills, but the 11-time NBA All-Star selection is still not doing any 5-on-5 during practice or "full-court, high-speed running."

The Nets already ruled out Durant for Thursday's game against the Boston Celtics. It will be the 10th consecutive game Durant has missed.

"He's doing really well right now, and we all feel really positive about the direction he is going," Nash said. "But we just need to be very cautious because he's a really important player for us."

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Durant last played for the Nets on Feb. 13 against the Golden State Warriors. He is averaging 29 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists this season.

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