Injury Update: Kevin Durant suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain and a tibial bone bruise.
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The injury occurred early in the first quarter of the Washington vs Warriors game when Zaza Pachulia falls back on Durant’s left leg. He suddenly started to limp on the court and was taken out of the game. It was a very concerning feeling for this superteam that is suppose to be back in the NBA Finals.
The four-time scoring champion is averaging 25.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.6 blocks for the Warriors. He is leading the team in rebounds and blocks, literally changing the way they play on defense. Out of the big four on the court, Durant’s net efficiency is a +8.6, Curry has a +14.0. These stats may say Curry really makes the difference for their wins and losses, but they still need Durant’s presence on the court.
The Warriors will be fine playing without him for at least a month. Coach Steve Kerr’s system is all about ball movement and taking threes off the pass. The only concern for the team moving forward is if Durant gonna be the same player after his MCL sprain and tibial bone bruise heal. Let see how they respond in March heading into the playoffs without their superstar.