Kevin Durant left Sunday’s sport in opposition to the Miami Warmth with a knee damage.
The Brooklyn Nets All-Star sustained the damage throughout a collision with Warmth ahead Jimmy Butler. Butler fell to the court docket after having his shot blocked close to the basket. He collided with Durant’s proper knee on his means down. Durant instantly grabbed his knee in obvious ache.
Durant obtained up and limped to the locker room on his personal. The Nets introduced shortly after that he was dominated out with a knee damage. The severity of his damage wasn’t instantly clear. Head coach Jacque Vaughn advised reporters that the crew would know extra after Durant undergoes additional analysis together with imaging on Monday. The Nets received the sport, 102-101.
The damage is to the other knee that sidelined Durant final season. Durant sprained the MCL in his left knee final January and missed 21 video games. He missed all the 2019-20 with a ruptured proper Achilles tendon, then was sidelined for a prolonged layoff in 2020-21 with a nagging hamstring pressure in his left leg.
When wholesome, Durant stays one in all basketball’s most potent offensive weapons. In 38 video games this season, he is averaged 30 factors, 6.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.5 blocks whereas taking pictures a career-high 56% from the ground and 37.6% from 3-point distance. His play is a main issue why the Nets have rallied from a 1-5 begin to 27-13, good for the second-best document within the East.
Well being has remained a priority for Durant, who’s been sidelined in three straight seasons with leg accidents since his Achilles tear. The Nets, whose championship hopes relaxation largely on Durant, are actually hoping he does not face one other prolonged layoff.
Kevin Durant (Stephen Lew/Reuters)