Nets’ Kevin Durant leaves Saturday’s game with left knee injury

Kevin Durant reaches for injured knee, black jersey solo

Nets star Kevin Durant exited Saturday night’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans in the second quarter, and was ruled out for the remainder of the game with a left knee sprain.

Durant will get an MRI on his left knee on Sunday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The two-time NBA Finals MVP collided with teammate Bruce Brown and his left knee appeared to bend backwards. Durant tried to stay in the game, but then walked off the court and left for the locker room.

Durant has been playing at an MVP-level this season, averaging a league-leading 29.7 points per game to go along with 7.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 0.9 blocks per game.

He’s played an average of 37.2 minutes over 35 games this season, his highest minutes per game since the 2013-14 season.

The Nets are currently the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 26-15 record, just above the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks and trailing the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls.

The 33-year-old Durant played just 35 games last season in his first year with the Nets, after missing the 2019-20 season while recovering from a torn Achilles. He averaged 26.9 points per game to help the team finish the season 48-24 and earn the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, eventually losing to the Bucks in seven games in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.


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