Kevin Durant injury update: Nets star sprained MCL in right knee, will be reassessed in two weeks


Midway through the Brooklyn Nets’ 102-101 win over the Heat on Sunday night, the team lost superstar Kevin Durant, who left the game in the third quarter with what the team called a right knee injury. On Monday, the team announced Durant had a right MCL sprain and would be reevaluated in two weeks. Just under a year ago, Durant suffered a MCP sprain that kept him out for six weeks, but according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowskihe is optimistic that he will miss less time with this knee problem.

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:

When Durant was sidelined last season, 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.

Kyrie Irving and others will now have 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 make up for its lost production now that Durant will be sidelined a bit.

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