Nets star Kevin Durant out multiple weeks with MCL sprain originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
Durant, who suffered a similar injury last season, will be reevaluated in two weeks.
He suffered the injury Sunday during the third quarter of the Nets' 102-101 win over the Miami Heat. Heat guard Jimmy Butler fell backwards to the court after having his shot blocked and collided into Durant's knee.
Durant initially remained in the game, repeatedly rubbing the knee before being taken out shortly after. He went straight to the locker room and did not return to the game.
Durant missed six weeks last season with a left MCL sprain, with the Nets going 5-16 in his absence. The 12-time All-Star also missed more than a month in 2017 after suffering a sprained MCL and tibial bone bruise. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported there is optimism this injury is less severe and is unlikely to sideline Durant for more than a month.
The 34-year-old Durant is averaging 30.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists. He has helped the Nets overcome a tumultuous offseason and slow start to the regular season by guiding the team to the second-best record in the NBA at 27-13 -- one game behind the Boston Celtics at 28-12/
The Nets host the Celtics in their next game Thursday night and visit Boston on Feb. 1.