Durant and the Nets must now prepare for a six-game road trip, not returning to New York until they welcome the Golden State Warriors to Barclays Center on November 16.
“I might be speaking out of turn, but I think if the mandate changes, he’d be welcomed back for sure,” Nash said during Wednesday’s pre-game media session with reporters.
‘We’ve just got to keep grinding’
On court, Durant scored 15 of his 32 points during a decisive third quarter that saw the Nets kick into gear following a slow start — roaring into life with a 20-4 run that put them in control of the game.
Teammates Joe Harris and James Harden scored 18 and 16 respectively, while De’Andre Hunter led the way for the Hawks with 26 points.
The Nets’ tentative opening before kicking into gear has mirrored their season so far. Having initially stumbled to a 2-3 record with alternating losses and wins, the Nets are on a three-game streak with comprehensive victories over the Indiana Pacers and the freefalling Detroit Pistons before Wednesday’s win.
“I think we just needed some experience,” Durant told reporters after the game. “Seeing what line-ups work — what players work — and you need to play games to understand that.
“We knew it was going to be a process for us. I’m glad we were able to figure some stuff out the last few games and get back on the right page.
“We know it’s going to be tougher on the road but we’ve just got to keep grinding,” he added.