In only his fifth game back in action after being sidelined for multiple games with a hamstring injury, Brooklyn Nets superstar forward Kevin Durant was sidelined yet again.
This time, he suffered an injury on his left thigh, and this took place in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Miami Heat.
Durant had been driving hard to the basket looking to score when his knee apparently corralled hard into Heat forward Trevor Ariza. The Nets superstar didn’t fall to the ground, but he was forced to leave the game nonetheless.
After being examined by a team trainer, he left to the locker game to be evaluated further.
When asked about his status, Brooklyn head coach Steve Nash told reporters, “He’s sore, but we don’t know how severe. We’ll see tomorrow how he wakes up and go from there. But right now nothing’s been determined.”
With no Kevin Durant, the Nets were still able to keep the game close—but they ultimately lost 107-109 to the defending Eastern Conference Champions.
If Durant doesn’t return for another long stretch of games, this will be a stunning blow to Brooklyn and its fans. He’s already missed a fair amount of games this season, and it was nice to see him finally take the floor again. This is, of course, on top of the fact that he missed the entire season last year.
Nevertheless, as long as Durant is back healthy for the playoffs, the Nets should be in good shape.