After a further assessment of his hamstring injury, Kevin Durant has been ruled out of the NBA All-Star Game, and his replacement has been named as Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis.
Durant picked up the injury earlier in February and has missed a number of the Brooklyn Nets’ recent matches, including the away victory against the defending champions, the Los Angeles Lakers. Sabonis will be a backup in the squad, as Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum will take Durant’s place in the starting five.
Durant received the most fan votes for this All-Star Game, more than any other player in the Eastern Conference, and he was set to be one of the two team captains, along with LeBron James in the Western Conference.
Durant is averaging 29 points per game on a 52 percent shooting rating this season, which is remarkably impressive when you consider he missed the entirety of last season through injury.
This will be Sabonis’ second appearance in the All-Star Game after he made his debut last year, and he scored two points in 19 minutes as a reserve on Team LeBron.