Durant to be reevaluated in two weeks after Nets confirm MCL sprain

By Sports Desk January 09, 2023

The Brooklyn Nets have confirmed that Kevin Durant has sprained the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee, and he will be "reevaluated in two weeks."

Durant sustained the injury with 1:05 remaining in the third quarter of the Nets' 102-101 win over the Miami Heat on Sunday when Jimmy Butler fell into him after having his shot blocked by Ben Simmons.

The 2014 NBA MVP briefly stayed in the game but headed for the locker room when the Nets called a timeout 30 seconds later.

Brooklyn confirmed the result of scans on Monday, posting on Twitter: "Kevin Durant has been diagnosed with an isolated MCL sprain of the right knee. The injury occurred during the third quarter of last night's game at Miami. Durant will be reevaluated in two weeks."

Durant injured the MCL in his left knee in January last year, missing approximately a month and half while rehabbing, but ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said of his latest issue: "There's optimism Durant will miss less time than he did with a six-week absence last season". 

The 12-time NBA All-Star is averaging 29.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists this season and will hope to be back soon for a Nets team that has rallied after a slow start to be 27-13 and second in the Eastern Conference.

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