In the midst of the Brooklyn Nets’ 102-101 win towards the Miami Heat Sunday night time, the group misplaced famous person Kevin Durant, who left the sport within the third quarter with what the group introduced with no consideration knee damage. After the sport, Nets coach Jacque Vaughn mentioned that Durant could have an MRI on the knee Monday to find out the severity of the damage.
The damage occurred on the finish of the third quarter when Heat guard Jimmy Butler landed on Durant’s knee after falling from an tried layup. Durant instantly started grabbing at his proper knee and stayed on the bottom for a second earlier than in the end limping again to the locker room. Shortly after, Brooklyn dominated him out for the remainder of the sport. Here is the play the place the damage occurred:
It was round this time final season that Ok.D. went down with a sprained MCL in his left knee, which sidelined him for 5 weeks. During that span, the Nets went simply 5-16, together with an 11-game dropping streak, displaying simply how vital Durant is to this group. However, after dropping Durant Sunday night time, the Nets managed to tug out a win after being down 9 factors late within the fourth quarter, selecting up their 18th win within the final 20 video games.
We’ll have to attend till after the MRI to see if Durant will miss any time with this damage, but when he does, it will power Kyrie Irving and others to make up for the 30 factors that Ok.D. supplies on a nightly foundation. There is not a single individual on the Nets that might fill Durant’s function adequately, however Brooklyn has the depth to a minimum of partially make up for his loss in manufacturing ought to the previous league MVP be required to overlook time.