Durant suffered MCL sprain, reportedly expected to miss 1 month
Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant suffered an MCL sprain in the third quarter of Sunday's win against the Miami Heat and will be re-evaluated in two weeks, the team announced Monday.
He's expected to miss about a month, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Durant went down after Heat wing Jimmy Butler landed on his knee. He attempted to stay on the floor for a couple of possessions before heading to the locker room.
Durant suffered an MCL sprain last season and missed 21 games for the Nets. Brooklyn went 5-16 in his absence, during which time it dropped 11 straight contests. He also suffered the same injury in 2017 in his first season with the Golden State Warriors and missed 19 games.
The former MVP has stayed in good health in his age-34 season, missing just one contest for the red-hot Nets. He was limited by injury in each of his last three campaigns and missed the entire 2019-20 season with a torn Achilles.
Durant is heading toward another All-Star campaign, averaging 29.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game on a career-high 56% clip from the field.
He recorded 17 points before exiting and passed NBA legend Dominique Wilkins for 14th all time in points earlier in the contest. He is now 27 points away from topping Oscar Robertson for 13th.