Kevin Durant injury update: after last night’s MRI, the Warriors have announced the extent of the star forward’s injury, and the timetable moving forward.
Teammate Zaza Pachulia fell into Durant on Tuesday night, causing what was first reported as a hyperextended left knee. It turns out that the injury was a bit more serious than that.
Per the Warriors release, Durant suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain and a tibial bone bruise. He will be reevaluated in a month, and while the team will not rule out a return before the end of the regular season, there is no timetable for his return to the court.
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This morning, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!’s The Vertical reported that the team and Durant’s inner circle were fearing the worst with regard to the injury, and that he could be out for months, rather than weeks. While it is still unclear when Durant will return, the update is definitely a bit more optimistic for concerned Warriors fans than what was being said early this morning.
Durant is having a fantastic first season with the Golden State Warriors, averaging 25.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.6 blocks per game. Golden State is 50-10 on the year, and is four games up on the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference.