Kevin Durant (34), a superstar of the Brooklyn Nets (hereinafter referred to as Brooklyn), will not be able to play on the court for about a month.
Sports expert ESPN reported on the 10th (hereinafter Korean time) that Durant was diagnosed with a sprained MCL (medial collateral ligament) in his right knee and would undergo a reexamination in two weeks. 스포츠토토
Of the two sides of the knee joint, the MCL connects the femur and tibia. This ligament limits the left and right movement of the knee joint and protects the knee against abnormal movement.
Durant was hurt with 1:05 left in the third quarter of Brooklyn’s 102-101 win over the Miami Heat on the 9th. Durant’s right knee was crushed when he fell as Jimmy Butler’s shot was blocked by Ben Simmons.
Durant remained on the court and continued to rub his knee, but after 30 seconds, he exited the field through a timeout and went into the locker room and did not return to the game that day.
Previously, Durant injured the MCL in his left knee during a win over the New Orleans Pelicans on January 16 last year and was sidelined for about six weeks. At the time, Brooklyn was 27-15, but was sluggish with 5-17, including 11 consecutive losses, before Durant returned to the court.
However, Brooklyn this season is not a team that only looks at Durant. In addition to Durant, Kyrie Irving is playing normally on the court, and there are good players such as Nicholas Claxton, Royce O’Neill, Simmons, Utah Watanabe, TJ Warren and Seth Curry.
Thanks to their performance along with Durant, Brooklyn finished second in the Eastern Conference with a record of 27-13 this season. So while they may fall down the standings somewhat due to Durant’s injury, they are not expected to drop as drastically as last season.
Meanwhile, Durant was performing so well that he entered the MVP race with averages of 30 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists this season.