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Kevin Durant is out indefinitely with a sprained MCL in his left knee. While that may not derail his chance to win his fifth career scoring title, the injury likely spells the end of his campaign for a second NBA MVP award. The Brooklyn Nets are a half-game behind the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference. Durant’s return has no timetable.

The 33-year-old leads the NBA, scoring 29.3 points per game. He last scored at that pace when he led the league with a 32.0 average for the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2013–14. Besides individual honors, the injury is also a lost opportunity for Brooklyn’s Big Three of Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden to play together.

The prognosis for Kevin Durant is murky

The Brooklyn Nets are notoriously tight-lipped about injuries. Officially, the word from the team is that Kevin Durant “is expected to return to full strength following a period of rehabilitation.” In other words, he will not play until he does.

However, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported the Nets anticipate Durant missing four to six weeks. Six weeks is Feb. 26, when Brooklyn visits the Milwaukee Bucks. The Nets host the Toronto Raptors on Feb. 28.

He would miss 18 or 19 games on that timetable, pushing his total missed this season to 24 or 25. The two-time All-Star Game MVP sat out three games for rest and missed three in December in the NBA health and safety protocols.

Missing that much time threatens the scoring title. From 1974–2013, the NBA standard for winning the scoring title was 70 games played or 1,400 points scored. But in 2013, the standard changed to 58 games played.

If Durant returns against the Bucks, he’d be at 24 missed games, the maximum to still win the scoring championship. Otherwise, a fifth scoring title is out of reach this season.

As for the MVP award, Kevin Durant is probably already finished

Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant is likely out of the NBA MVP race after spraining the MCL in his left knee on Jan. 15.
Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant is likely out of the NBA MVP race after spraining the MCL in his left knee on Jan. 15. | Al Bello/Getty Images

Since the NBA first awarded the MVP in 1955–56, only three winners have missed 10 or more games. Just one, Bill Walton of the Portland Trail Blazers in 1977–78, was out for more than 20 contests.

The most games an MVP missed since the NBA media took over the voting in 1980 is 11, by Allen Iverson in 2000–01. The only other MVP to miss double-digit games was in 2019–20. Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks played in 63 of Milwaukee’s 73 games in the pandemic-shortened campaign.

That likely means that Kevin Durant won’t be the first player in the history of the Brooklyn Nets franchise to win the NBA MVP Award.

Nikola Jokić of the Denver Nuggets is the reigning MVP and is singlehandedly keeping the battered Nuggets afloat this season. For followers of analytics, Jokić is on pace for the highest Player Efficiency Rating in NBA history (currently 32.2, with an average player expected to record a PER of 15.0).

Other contenders include Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, DeMar DeRozan of the Chicago Bulls, and the ever-present Antetokounmpo.

Durant’s injury can’t help the Brooklyn Nets

It’s a little-known truth in sports: When a team loses its best player, it usually doesn’t play as well.

That’s what the Brooklyn Nets face with Kevin Durant sidelined. Last season, he returned from missing the 2019–20 season recovering from a ruptured Achilles’ tendon. Thigh and hamstring injuries sidelined him for 37 of Brooklyn’s 72 games. The Nets were 25–12 without the former Texas Longhorn and 23–12 with him.

But this season, the Nets are 24–12 when Durant plays and 3–4 when he does not. That includes their 114–107 loss at Cleveland on Jan. 17.

According to Nick Friedell of ESPN, coach Steve Nash said the team can’t bemoan its fate.

“We can’t cry about it,” Nash said. “We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. [Instead we have] to keep building, see what we can learn, how we can grow during this period of Kevin being our and Joe [Harris] being out, and how we can continue to move this thing forward so when they do come back, we’re in a better place — and he can rejoin us in a place where we can feel better about where we are in that part of the season.”

That was a lot of word salad from Nash. It boils down to the basic message of “next man up.” The Nets only have Irving for road games (except in New York and Toronto). That leaves Harden in the position of carrying the team for the next month or so.

It’s unfortunate for Kevin Durant that his brilliant season is interrupted. The challenge for the Brooklyn Nets is to avoid letting the injury derail their championship aspirations.

Statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference.

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Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions



A spokesperson for Taylor Swift has responded to a report that named the singer as the celebrity with the worst private jet CO2 emissions. 

Yesterday, a report released by Yard claimed the American singer was the biggest CO2 polluter of the year so far, having flown in her private jet 170 times since January and totalling 8,294.54 tonnes of CO2.

However, Swift’s spokesperson told Buzzfeed News the statistics are inaccurate.

For context, the report claims the average person produces just seven tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

Taylor Swift speaks onstage during the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on October 30, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Swift’s representative said only some of the 170 flights can be attributed to the singer: “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals. To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”

Regardless, it is clear Swift’s jet is racking up significant amounts of carbon emissions due to its inefficient use.

According to the Yard report, her average flight time is just 80 minutes, and her jet’s shortest recorded flight flew between Missouri and Nashville for just 36 minutes.

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Other significant celebrity polluters include boxer and domestic violence perpetrator Floyd Mayweather, whose shortest flight was just 10 minutes long but emitted one ton of carbon; Kim Kardashian, who has emitted 609 times more carbon than the average person; and director Steven Spielberg, who took an 18-minute flight between Rotterdam and Amsterdam – a route which, when taken by train, takes only an hour. 

The subject of celebrity carbon emissions has blown up ever since Kylie Jenner shared an out-of-touch photo of her and partner Travis Scott posing in front of their private jets with the caption, “you wanna take mine or yours?”

In the midst of the backlash, many began diving deeper into Jenner’s private jet use by examining the Celebrity Jets Twitter account, which records celebrity private jet trips.

Many were horrified she was regularly taking flights as short as 12 minutes and reprimanded her for “her absolute disregard for the planet”.

Many found it hypocritical that ordinary people were being asked by big companies to reduce their car trips and use paper straws when celebrities are constantly leaving huge carbon footprints with frivolous trips in their private jets.

Despite the wave of criticism, celebrities have continued to take private flights between short distances. 


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Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!



Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with 'Fuller House' Co-Stars in Attendance!

Jodie Sweetin is married!

The 40-year-old actress, best known for playing Stephanie Tanner on Full House and Fuller House, married social worker Mescal Wasilewski on Saturday (July 30) at a private home in Malibu, Calif. after five years together.

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Jodie and Mescal wed in an intimate backyard ceremony that included her two daughters – Zoie, 14, and Beatrix, 11 – and her Fuller House co-stars including John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, and Andrea Barber.

“I know I have the right partner for the rest of whatever life brings me,” Jodie shared with People. “And I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Jodie and Mescal were first introduced through friends in 2017 and dated long-distanced before Mescal moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2020. They got engaged in January 2022.

This is the fourth marriage for Jodie – she was first married to Shaun Holguin from 2002 to 2006, to Cody Herpin from 2007 until 2010, and to Morty Coyle from 2012 to 2016. She shares Zoie with Cody and Beatrix with Morty.

Congrats to the newlyweds!


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How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season




All of a sudden, the fall movie season looks very busy. This week brought two big festival announcements loaded with major films to come: First came Venice, with a lineup that includes everything from Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” to “Bardo”; it was followed by TIFF, where Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” will premiere alongside Sam Mendes’ “Empire of Light” and Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking,” among many others. Meanwhile, Telluride continues to shroud its selections in secret, but the latest lineups help us get a sense of what to expect there as well.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson dig through both lineups to get a sense for which films could impact the coming awards season and why it’s almost certain to be an unpredictable ride. They also address the return of competitiveness between festivals that seemed to subside earlier in the pandemic, and touch on the recent changes to the Oscar submission rules in France.

Watch the full episode above or listen it below. 

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 


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