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Kevin Durant expected to miss one month with sprained MCL

The Nets start injured his knee when Jimmy Butler landed awkwardly on him.

Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets shoots the ball during the game against the Miami Heat on January 8, 2023 at FTX Arena in Miami, Florida. Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images

Monday update: According to Adrian Wojnarowski’s sources, Durant is expected to miss about a month with a sprained MCL. He’ll be officially re-evaluated in two weeks but he’ll be out for at least double that time.

Monday update: Durant has suffered a sprained MCL and will be re-evaluated in two weeks, per the Nets. This is amazing news given the circumstances of the injury, although the two-week timeline does seem a bit optimistic upon first glance. Nevertheless, the Nets should be able to keep things together until Durant returns. Look for Kyrie Irving to take on a bigger scoring role in the offense, while Ben Simmons, Joe Harris and Seth Curry all seem in line for more responsibility as well.

The Brooklyn Nets are currently second in the Eastern Conference, but their standing might take a hit. Leading scorer Kevin Durant injured his right knee when Jimmy Butler fell awkwardly on him. Butler had his shot blocked on a drive to the lane with 1:05 left in the third, and that appeared to push his momentum toward Durant. Brian Lewis is reporting Durant will be examined on Monday, including an MRI.

Durant went back to the locker room after suffering the injury and did not return. he missed 21 games lat season after spraining the MCL in his left knee. This season he has played in 38 of the team’s 40 games and is averaging 30.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game. He’s sixth in the league in scoring.

The Nets are 27-13 and sit one game back of the Celtics in the conference. They are a game and a half up on the Bucks. They’re not scheduled to play again until Thursday when they host the Celtics.