Whenever Kevin Durant and LeBron James face to face, it is a sight not to be missed. However, in recent years this duel is essentially impossible to observe for league fans.
Both Durant and James are unique talents. That two players of this caliber can share almost 16 seasons it feels too good to be true. And in recent years, it is. And it is that when the Suns face the Lakers, that Wednesday, March 22they will have passed 1,548 days (and counting) since the two met on an NBA court.
they didn’t enter preseasonwhere the Lakers faced the Durand Nets twice in 2019. Neither in normal phase, where Durant and James’ teams have met a total of 11 times since their last meeting. Less on All Star Game. And neither in Playoffsalthough the likelihood of that happening has increased with KD’s return to the Western Conference.
The last time Durant and James met was Christmas 2018. KD was in his final season with them warriors and James was driving first with the Lakers.
Long before Durant’s plans to move to Brooklyn came to fruition, it appeared that the rivalry had opened a new chapter when the The Lakers defeated the Warriorsdespite James left early with a groin injury which derailed his first campaign in Los Angeles.
This injury to James caused the new stage of the rivalry to end the same day it began. And more than four years later, the next chapter remains unwritten.
The injuries were the biggest culprits in this streak of bad luck heralded by James’ retirement in 2018. Less than six months later, Durant suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon that sidelined him for the entire 2019-2020 season. And since then, there have already been 17 occasions where their teams have faced each other without either being available.
The lost games of the duel LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant
|1||January 21, 2019||Lakers vs. warriors||James||groin tear|
|2||February 2, 2019||warriors vs. Lakers||James||groin tear|
|3||April 4, 2019||Lakers vs. warriors||James||groin tear|
|4||October 10, 2019||Lakers vs. Nets (Preseason)||Durant||Achilles tendon|
|5||October 12, 2019||Nets vs. Lakers (Preseason)||Durant||Achilles tendon|
|6||January 23, 2020||Nets vs. Lakers||Durant||Achilles tendon|
|7||March 10, 2020||Lakers vs. Nets||Durant||Achilles tendon|
|8||February 18, 2021||Lakers vs. Nets||Durant||Left thigh tears|
|9||March 7, 2021||Team LeBron vs. The Durant team||Durant||Left thigh tears|
|10||April 10, 2021||Nets vs. Lakers||James||Sprained right ankle|
|eleven||December 25, 2021||Lakers vs. Nets||Durant||Health and safety protocols|
|12||January 25, 2022||Nets vs. Lakers||Durant||Left knee sprain|
|13||February 20, 2022||Team Durant vs. Team LeBron||Durant||Left knee sprain|
|14||November 13, 2022||Nets vs. Lakers||James||Left adductor tear|
|fifteen||January 30, 2023||Lakers vs. Nets||Durant and James||Knee (Durant) and Ankle (James)|
|16||February 19, 2023||Team LeBron vs. John’s team||Durant||Left knee sprain|
|17||March 22, 2023||Lakers vs. suns||Durant and James||Ankle (Durant), Foot (James)|