It could have been worse.
Warriors star Kevin Durant suffered an MCL sprain and bone bruise and will miss at least four weeks.
Golden State made the announcement Wednesday morning after the Warriors’ medical staff reviewed the MRI taken on Tuesday night at a D.C.-area hospital. Durant hyperextended his left knee early in the first quarter of the Warriors’ 112-108 loss to the Wizards.
Durant, an eight-time All-Star, will be out indefinitely with the Grade 2 MCL sprain and tibial bone bruise and the Warriors said he will be re-evaluated in four weeks.
ESPN is reporting that Durant is expected to be back in time for the postseason. “It’s not as bad as it looked,” a source told ESPN.
The Warriors said in a statement that there is no timetable for Durant’s return, but it has not been ruled out that he could play again before the end of the regular season.
“At this time it’s just speculation to guess when that is,” Warriors GM Bob Myers said in a conference call. “He’ll heal as his body heals. And when he’s healed and our doctors clear him and we feel like it’s safe, he’ll play. I want to know as much as you guys but at this point the plan is just to re-evaluate him and see where he’s at in four weeks.”
Golden State, which blew a 3-1 NBA Finals series lead to LeBron James and the Cavs last season, added Durant to an already star-studded roster in the offseason.
With Durant in the mix, the Warriors hit 50 wins by the end of February and have already clinched a playoff berth. The NBA regular season ends on April 12 and the playoffs start three days later.
Durant, who bolted the Thunder franchise after nine seasons for a better shot at an NBA crown with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and company in the Bay Area, is leading the Warriors in both scoring (25.3 ppg) and rebounds (8.2 rpg) in his first season with the Warriors.
“I’m hurt to see my guy @KDTrey5 go down, but it’s always strength in numbers,” Green tweeted Wednesday. “Get well soon K!!! #DubNation.”
Curry added his well wishes via Twitter as well.
“Heal my my Man…we will hold it down til you back on the court with us. Prayers up!”
In anticipation of Durant missing significant time, the Warriors inked veteran swingman Matt Barnes early Wednesday morning.
Barnes, 36, who had a physical altercation with then-Knicks coach Derek Fisher in 2015, was waived by the Kings last week when Sacramento traded DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans.
With The Associated Press