One night after Chicago Bulls All-Star Zach LaVine exited the game early due to a knee injury, Kevin Durant suffered the same fate.
The Brooklyn Nets superstar walked off the floor and straight to the locker room with roughly five minutes to go in the 2nd quarter. Bruce Brown fell back into Durant while trying to guard rookie Herb Jones in transition. Durant immediately reached for his left knee before trying to walk it off and eventually checking himself out of the game.
ICYMI: Here’s the video of Kevin Durant’s knee injury. Hopefully it’s nothing serious.
(Via Bleacher Report) pic.twitter.com/aIDZcZEZX8
— Chris Milholen (@CMilholenSB) January 16, 2022
Much unlike LaVine’s situation (who could return as soon as next week), the initial news on Durant isn’t as promising. While the Nets announced that Durant is expected to return to full strength after rehab to his MCL, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that this process could take 4-to-6 weeks. If this return timeline holds up, the NBA’s leading scorer and MVP front-runner would be back on the floor by the second week of February at the earliest or the last week of February at the latest.
More specifically, a four-week timetable would put Durant at 14 missed games, whereas a six-week timetable would have him missing 19 games.
There’s optimism within Nets that will be a four-to-six week rehab and return for Kevin Durant, sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/xKYtu0l4VL
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 16, 2022
Of course, this is big news for a Chicago Bulls team currently on a three-game losing streak and struggling with their own injury trouble. After last night’s last-second loss to the Boston Celtics, they sit just a half-game ahead of the Nets for the East’s top spot.