- Kevin Durant is not yet ready to return to the Brooklyn Nets lineup
- The superstar forward will be reevaluated again in two weeks
- The Nets are 2-4 since he went down a few weeks ago
Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant is set to be out for a few more weeks after he was evaluated on Monday. Durant suffered an MCL against the Miami Heat in early January 2023.
The Nets have won twice in the six games that Durant missed. They lost four straight after the 34-year-old was injured. They registered a stunning comeback win over defending NBA champions Golden State Warriors, evidence that they are not entirely dependent on him.
After losing four straight, Nets fans accused the team of relying on Durant, who was on a tear before the injury. Criticism was directed at Kyrie Irving but he bounced back against Utah and the Warriors, scoring 48 and 38 respectively.
The Nets are fourth in the West with a 29-17 record. They have bounced back remarkably after a poor start to the season, which they started 1-5.
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Durant injury update
The two-time NBA champion was reevaluated by Dr. Riley Williams III at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, per ESPN. However, they said he is making progress from his MCL injury.
The 2014 MVP is expected to start running again and participate in on-court basketball activities this week. This means that Durant will be available to play in the All-Star game in Slat Lake City.
Here are some reactions from fans. Most of them were not happy about the news and worried the team will struggle.
"I appreciate the caution because we all know once KD get back, its over for the league."
"It's great he's progressing well, we need him back 100% but those losses against OKC, Spurs, and Suns hurt more."
"Two more weeks with BEN SIMMONS? Oh nah we finna be at 8th seed when he comes back."
"Second straight year I’ve spent a gross amount of money on tickets as a Christmas Gift for my pops and KD gets hurt a few games before and we don’t get to see him. Ridiculous."
Durant likened to NBA icons
Sports Brief earlier reported on NBA legend, Dominique Wilkins saying Durant is up there with some of the NBA's greatest-ever scorers, like Michael Jordan and LeBron James.
The Atlanta Hawks legend was reacting after Durant passed him for 14th in NBA’s all-time scoring.
He heaped praise on the 2014 MVP, saying he is one of the best scorers of all time because of his unstoppable jumper and confidence.
Source: Sports Brief News