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The Nets are waiting with bated breath on the results of an MRI on the left knee of superstar Kevin Durant.
Durant exited the game midway through the second quarter when Bruce Brown fell back into his left knee trying to defend a fast break situation. The Nets announced shortly after that he would not return to the game.
Kevin Durant is out for the remainder of tonight’s game due to a left knee sprain.— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets)
Durant has been playing at an MVP level for Brooklyn this season, who have had to counter the initial loss, and then part-time availability of point guard Kyrie Irving this season. Through 35 games, Durant is averaging 29.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists.
Kevin Durant reveals what he told Kyrie Irving about return to Nets
Durant said after Friday’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks that he has told Irving how happy he is to have the guard back, and that he would like him available for all games. Durant added, however, that he would not put any added pressure on Irving to get vaccinated in order to play home games in Brooklyn. Kevin Durant on Irving: "I told him how important he is and how much I want him to play all the games. But I'm not about to force someone to get the vaccine to play basketball. Nah; that's not my thing." #Nets — Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) January 8, 2022 Durant is walking a fine line here.
The Nets were in third place in the Eastern Conference heading into the game with the Pelicans but are just 4-6 in their past ten games.
Brooklyn has had their Big Three of Durant, Harden and Irving available together for just 16 games, but they are 13-3 in those games.
What's next for Durant? Here's everything we know about his injury and the latest news on how long he may be out.
What is Kevin Durant's injury?
Durant's injury is being reported as a left knee sprain. More will be known once the results of the MRI come in.
The injury has some similarities to the one Durant sustained to the same knee back in 2017 when a collision with Zaza Pachulia forced him to the sidelines for 19 games. That injury was listed as a Grade 2 MCL sprain.
Kevin Durant Exits Game vs. Pelicans With Sprained Left Knee
Durant hurt his knee after teammate Bruce Brown fell into it, and limped to the locker room for further inspection. View the original article to see embedded media.Nets star forward Kevin Durant had to leave Saturday’s game against the Pelicans in the second quarter after suffering a sprained left knee. The team officially ruled him out from returning.Durant injured his knee after teammate Bruce Brown fell into it while trying to defend New Orleans forward Herb Jones. Durant immediately grabbed his knee and began limping on the court, eventually heading to the locker room for further evaluation.
Here’s the video of the similar injury to Kevin Durant’s left knee in 2017. Obviously, that one looked worse than tonight’s.
Durant suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain and a tibial bone bruise, missing 19 games and over a month in 2017.— Billy Reinhardt (@BillyReinhardt)
Durant will have an MRI Sunday.
How long will Kevin Durant be out?
Using Durant's previous knee sprain with Golden State as a guide, Durant could be looking at anywhere between two-to-four weeks on the sideline. Obviously more will be known once the results of the MRI are revealed.
The length of time depends on the severity of the sprain.
For context, a “knee sprain” can mean a lot of different things and recovery time varies immensely. Simply put, a sprain is an injury to a ligament, which is a band of tissue that connects two bones together. This differs from a strain, which is an injury to a muscle or the part of the muscle that connects to a bone, the tendon.
Nets visit Cavaliers in MLK Day matinee
Making statements. The Brooklyn Nets went into Saturday night’s game hoping to get back on the winning side of things after an L on Thursday. They did that and then some with a convincing win against the New Orleans Pelicans in front of the Barclays crowd. They’ll be on the road for the next few days so we’ll see how things shake out. The opponent this afternoon will be the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s good to be home and for JB Bickerstaff and friends, and they’re riding high. They beat the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night and pushed their winning streak to four games.
For those that missed it, here's what happened with Durant
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that Durant is confident the injury is not as severe as the Zaza Pachulia incident.
The Nets are scheduled to play 11 of their next 14 games on the road with Kyrie Irving available for those games.
Nets schedule 2021-22
|Date||Opponent||Time (ET)||National TV|
|Jan. 17||at Cavaliers||3:00 p.m.||-|
|Jan. 19||at Wizards||7:00 p.m.||-|
|Jan. 21||at Spurs||8:30 p.m.||–|
|Jan. 23||at Timberwolves||8:00 p.m.||–|
|Jan. 25||vs. Lakers||7:30 p.m.||TNT|
|Jan. 26||vs. Nuggets||7:30 p.m.||–|
|Jan. 29||at Warriors||8:30 p.m.||ABC|
|Feb. 1||at Suns||10:00 p.m.||TNT|
|Feb. 2||vs. Kings||10:00 p.m.||–|
Kevin Durant won't play in All-Star Game as he continues to rehab sprained MCL, per report .
Durant suffered the injury on Jan. 15 and is on a four-to-six week timetable for returnDuring the TNT broadcast of Lakers-Nets on Tuesday night, NBA insider Chris Haynes reported that Durant will, indeed, sit out the All-Star Game in Cleveland as he continues to work toward his return for Brooklyn.