The Nets are waiting with the results of the left knee MRI of superstar Kevin Durant.
Durant left the game midway through the second half when Bruce Brown fell to his left knee trying to secure a quick break. The Nets announced shortly after that he would not be returning to the game.
Kevin Durant is sidelined for the rest of tonight’s game due to a sprained left knee.
– Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) January 16, 2022
Durant has played at the MVP level for Brooklyn this season, who has faced an initial loss, and then the part-time availability of point guard Kyrie Irving this season. Across 35 games, Durant is averaging 29.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists.
The Nets are already in third place in the Eastern Conference going into the game against the Pelicans but are only 4-6 in their past ten games.
Brooklyn had the Big Three of Durant, Harden and Irving together in just 16 games, but they took a 13-3 lead in those games.
What’s next for Durant? Here’s everything we know about his injury and the latest news on how long he could be sidelined.
What is Kevin Durant’s injury?
Durant’s injury is being reported as a left knee sprain. More information will be available when the results of the MRI scan are available.
The injury shares some similarities with the one that Durant suffered to his knee in 2017 when a collision with Zaza Pachulia left him out for 19 games. That injury is listed as a Grade 2 MCL sprain.
Here’s a video of a similar injury to Kevin Durant’s left knee in 2017. Apparently, it’s worse than tonight.
– Billy Reinhardt (@BillyReinhardt) January 16, 2022
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Durant will have an MRI scan on Sunday.
How long will Kevin Durant be out?
Using Durant’s previous knee sprain with Golden State as a guide, Durant could consider anywhere from two to four weeks on the sidelines. Obviously more will be known when the results of the MRI are revealed.
How long it takes depends on the severity of the sprain.
For context, “knee sprain” can have many different meanings, and recovery times also vary widely. Simply put, a sprain is an injury to a ligament, which is a band of tissue that connects two bones together. This is different from a muscle strain, which is an injury to a muscle or part of a muscle that connects to a bone or tendon.
ESPN’s Nick Friedell reports that Durant is confident the injury is not as serious 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
|Day||Protest||Time (ET)||National Television|
|January 17||at Cavaliers||03:00||–|
|January 19||at Wizards||7:00 pm||–|
|January 21||at Spurs||8.30pm||–|
|January 23||at Timberwolves||20:00||–|
|January 25th||compared to the Lakers||7:30 pm||TNT|
|January 26||compared to Nuggets||7:30 pm||–|
|January 29||at Warriors||8.30pm||ABC|
|February 1||when the sun||10 pm||TNT|
|February 2||compared to kings||10 pm||–|