Kevin Durant will miss the NBA All-Star Game after his grandmother’s death

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Kevin Durant will not attend Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland following the death of his grandmother, Barbara Davis, earlier in the day.

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Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell was also late eliminated from the All-Star Game due to a non-COVID illness.

Durant was one of two honorary coaches in the game, selecting a team against LeBron James. The 12-time All-Star was already going to sit out the game with a sprained knee.

Durant was also to be honored as one of the NBA’s 75 greatest players of all time on Sunday at a ceremony marking the league’s 75th anniversary. He will miss the ceremony to be with his family.

Mitchell was scheduled to play Sunday’s game in Cleveland as a reserve for Team LeBron. It was Mitchell’s third career All-Star selection.

“It’s a great honor and it’s always been my dream to be selected as an NBA All-Star,” Mitchell said in a statement Sunday afternoon. “With remorse, I will not be able to play tonight’s All-Star Game due to upper respiratory illness (not related to COVID). All All-Star weekend is a celebration of the basketball community -ball, the fans and the sport that I have the chance to participate in. I focus on my recovery and getting back on the field.

Mitchell missed Saturday’s all-star practice due to illness.

The Utah star is averaging 25.7 points, 5.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 46 games this season, his fifth in the NBA.

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