Nets’ Kevin Durant ruled out after knee injury against Heat
The injury occurred with 1:05 left in the third quarter as the Heat’s swingman Jimmy Butler he went to the rim and had his shot blocked by the Nets big man Ben Simmons. Butler fell back into Durant’s knee, and Durant was down for a few moments, but stayed in the game.
Durant rubbed his knee up and down on the floor and had to be removed when the Nets took a timeout about 30 seconds later. Durant immediately went straight back to the locker room to check on himself and did not return.
Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said Durant will likely have an MRI on his knee on Monday.
While the severity of this injury is still unclear, this isn’t the first time Durant and the Nets have dealt with a knee issue.
Durant injured his MCL in his left knee during a January 15, 2022 win over the New Orleans Pelicans and missed more than a month and a half while recovering from the injury. During his rehab, the Nets, who were 27-15 at the time and still playing Kyrie Irving part-time due to New York City’s vaccination mandate, went on an 11-game losing streak and had 5 -17 in Durant’s absence.
Durant also missed more than a month in 2017 when he tore his MCL and suffered a contusion to his tibia when former Golden State Warriors teammate Zaza Pachulia accidentally fell on his knee.
Durant has entered the MVP conversation this season after averaging 30 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists.
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