Kevin Durant injury update: Nets star ready for knee MRI on Monday after early exit against Heat

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Amid the Brooklyn Nets’ 102-101 win over the Miami Heat on Sunday night, the team lost superstar Kevin Durant, who left the game in the third quarter with what the team announcement like a right knee injury. After the game, Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said that Durant will have an MRI on the knee on Monday to determine the severity of the injury.

The injury occurred late in the third quarter when Heat guard Jimmy Butler landed on Durant’s knee after falling from a layup attempt. Durant immediately began to grab his right knee and stayed on the ground for a moment before finally limping back to the locker room. Shortly after, Brooklyn ruled him out for the rest of the game. Here is the game where the injury occurred:

It was around this time last season that KD suffered an MCL sprain in his left knee, which sidelined him for five weeks. In that span, the Nets went just 5-16, including an 11-game losing streak, showing just how important Durant is to this team. However, after losing Durant on Sunday night, the Nets managed to pull off a win after dropping nine points late in the fourth quarter, earning their 18th victory in the last 20 games.

We’ll have to wait after the MRI to see if Durant misses anytime with this injury, but if he does, it will force Kyrie Irving and others to make up the 30 points KD provides every night. There isn’t a single person on the Nets who could adequately fill Durant’s role, but Brooklyn has the depth to at least partially offset his lost production should the former league MVP run out of time. .

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