Kevin Durant suffered a left knee injury in Tuesday night’s 108-112 loss to the Washington Wizards. The official report is a Grade 2 sprain of the medial collateral ligament and a tibial bone bruise.
Durant was injured when teammate Zaza Pachulia fell backwards into his left leg during the first quarter. At this time, there is no set date for when Durant will return to the Warriors’ lineup. This could make the Warriors’ road to the finals much more difficult. According to reports the small forward will likely miss four to six weeks, but sources are stating that the injury is not as bad as it looks and Durant could be back in time for the post season.
The Warriors are hoping to make their third consecutive finals appearance. Last season they made history as the first team to win 73 regular season games, but were disappointed in the finals after falling to the Cavaliers despite leading the series 3-1.
Golden State signed Kevin Durant to a two-year contract last offseason which he can opt out of this summer. Durant has played in 58 of the Warriors 59 games and is currently the team’s leading scorer (25.3 points per game).
After Durant’s injury, the Warriors added small forward Matt Barnes who played previously played for the team from 2006-2008. According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com, Barnes’ deal will be for the rest of the season.