An MRI on Durant’s left knee revealed a sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL), the team Sunday announced.
Durant suffered the injury midway through the second quarter of a game against the Pelicans when Bruce Brown fell back into his left knee trying to defend a fast break situation. The Nets announced shortly after that he would not return to the game.
Durant has been playing at an MVP level for Brooklyn this season, who have had to counter the initial loss, and then part-time availability of point guard Kyrie Irving this season. Through 35 games, Durant is averaging 29.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists.
The Nets were in third place in the Eastern Conference heading into the game with the Pelicans but are just 4-6 in their past ten games. Since it has been assembled, Brooklyn has had their Big Three of Durant, Harden and Irving available together for just 16 games, but they are 13-3 in those games.
What’s next for Durant? Here’s everything we know about his injury and the latest news on how long he may be out.