Durant Leaves Pelicans Game Early Due To Injury

Kevin Durant celebrates winning Men's Gold Medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games in August.
Kevin Durant celebrates winning Men's Gold Medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games in August. Photo by Dave Shopland/Shutterstock (12249257cs)

Kevin Durant injured his left knee during his team’s 120-105 over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday. The Brooklyn Nets forward collided with teammate Bruce Brown late in the second quarter, after Brown was knocked in midair by Pelicans guard Herb Jones.

While Durant attempted to continue playing after the clash, he eventually had to call it a night, coming off of the court in the fourth quarter and promptly exiting the Barclays Center. On the evening of the win, the Nets referred to the injury as a “sprain”.

“No one wants to see that [Durant’s injury] and we’ll obviously hope for the best outcome, but regardless of the outcome, we have to continue to work, build and grow and get better and compete,” Nets coach Steve Nash commented after his team’s victory. Durant is scheduled to undergo an MRI scan on Sunday in order to determine the severity of his injury.

According to Nets guard James Harden, Durant’s injury is yet another setback after what has been a challenging time for the team in terms of the high volume of COVID cases and injuries that they have endured. “It’s simple. Obviously, we know how great of a player KD is and what he brings to the table each and every night consistently. So guys got to step up and fill that role and just continue to compete our butts off.”

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