Brooklyn Nets star forward Kevin Durant is expected to be out for about a month, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Monday.
The Nets announced Monday that Durant had been diagnosed with an isolated MCL sprain in his right knee and would be reevaluated in two weeks.
Durant missed six weeks with an MCL left sprain from January last season, but is certain it’s a less serious injury that won’t sideline the MVP contender for more than four weeks. , the sources told Wojnarowski.
Durant was injured in the third quarter of the Nets’ 102-101 win over the Miami Heat on Sunday night.
The injury happened with 1:05 remaining in the third quarter as Heat swingman Jimmy Butler headed for the rim and blocked his shot by Nets big man Ben Simmons. Butler fell back into Durant’s knee, and Durant was down for a few moments but stayed in the game.
Durant continued to rub his knee up and down the floor and was knocked out when the Nets called a timeout about 30 seconds later. He went straight back to the locker room to get checked and didn’t come back.
This isn’t the first time Durant has dealt with a knee problem. He suffered an MCL injury to his left knee in a Jan. 15, 2022 win over the New Orleans Pelicans and had to miss more than a month and a half while rehabilitating. The Nets, who were 27-15 at the time and still playing part-time Kyrie Irving due to New York City’s vaccination mandate, were 5-17 in Durant’s absence. , including an 11-game losing streak.
Durant also missed more than a month in 2017 when he sprained an MCL and suffered a shin bone bruise after former Golden State Warriors teammate Zaza Pachulia accidentally fell into his knee. .
Durant got into the MVP conversation this season averaging 30 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists – leading the Nets (27-13) back to the top of the Eastern Conference after a tumultuous start to the season on and off the ground. .
ESPN’s Nick Friedell contributed to this report.