In the midst of the Brooklyn Nets’ 102-101 victory over the Miami Heat on Sunday night, the team lost superstar Kevin Durant, who left the game in the third quarter with his team’s lead. announce Right knee injury. After the game, Nets coach Jack Vaughn said so Durant will undergo an MRI On Monday on the knee to determine the severity of the injury.
The injury occurred at the end of the third quarter when Heat guard Jimmy Butler fell on Durant’s knee after falling from an attempted throw. Durant immediately began grabbing his right knee and stayed on the floor for a moment before eventually returning to the locker room. Soon after, Brooklyn ruled him out for the rest of the game. This is the play in which the injury occurred:
Around this time last season, D.K. due to a sprained left knee, which sidelined him for five weeks. During that span, the Nets went just 5-16, including an 11-game winning streak, showing just how important Durant is to this team. However, after losing Durant on Sunday night, the Nets managed to pull off a win after trailing by nine points late in the fourth quarter, notching their 18th win in their last 20 games.
We’ll have to wait until after the MRI to see if Durant will miss any time with this injury, but if he does, it will force Kyrie Irving and others to make up for the KD’s 30 points on an overnight basis. There isn’t a single guy on the gridiron who could adequately fill Durant’s role, but Brooklyn has the depth to at least partially make up for his loss in production if the former league’s MVP is asked to waste time.
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