Warriors star Kevin Durant will miss no less than four weeks after Golden State determined him to have a sprained MCL and a bone wound to his left side leg, the team announced Wednesday.
The Warriors declared that Durant is out uncertainty and would be re-assessed in four weeks.
Brilliant State said Durant could play again in the normal season. The Warriors’ last customary season amusement is planned for a month and a half from Wednesday’s announcement.
“At this time it’s just speculation to guess when that is,” general manager Bob Myers said in a conference call. “He’ll heal as his body heals. And when he’s healed, and our doctors clear him, and we feel like it’s safe, he’ll play. I want to know as much as you guys, but at this point the plan is just to re-evaluate him and see where he’s at in four weeks.”
Myers recognized a 10-to 15-minute window in which the Warriors believed Durant’s damage was season-ending.
“There was a moment where there was a different potential diagnosis,” Myers said, “but that didn’t last too long, and most of it was let’s get another image to make sure we have a clear look at this, and that’s what determined the final diagnosis as I was told.”
Warriors forward Draymond Green disclosed to The Undefeated’s Marc J. Sticks in content that he is “diminished” by the finding.
“I’m relieved. I thought it would be way worse,” Green wrote. “Being away weeks sucks, but we will take that over what was initially thought.”
Durant endured the damage in the main quarter of Tuesday night’s 112-108 misfortune to the Washington Wizards. The harm happened amid a free ball circumstance in which Wizards focus Marcin Gortat fouled Warriors focus Zaza Pachulia, who then fell in reverse into Durant’s leg. Durant bounced far from Pachulia’s contact, jumping while holding his left leg.
He continued to play the following two belonging before asking Warriors mentor Steve Kerr to call timeout with 10:26 staying in the quarter. In the wake of meeting with mentors, Durant, who was scowling and holding his left leg, made a beeline for the locker room and did not return.
Durant experienced an MRI on Tuesday night that uncovered a Grade 2, or direct, sprain in the knee and a wounded tibia.
No one on the Warriors felt any worry that the play was purposeful, Myers said.
“These things happen in sports,” he said. “Nobody’s raised that question on our side. I don’t know if it’s being raised outside of us. I spoke to Kevin a couple of times. Other than just being disappointed that he’s injured, nobody’s mentioned anything like that.”
Wednesday’s harm news could challenge the Warriors (50-10) in their push to secure home-court advantage all through the playoffs for the third straight season. They lead the San Antonio Spurs (45-13) by four recreations for the West’s top spot.
The Warriors remain the inside and out most loved to win the NBA title at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, with oddsmakers dropping Golden State somewhat from less 220 to short 200 to win their second title in three years after Durant’s harm status was reported.
In the wake of Durant’s damage, the Warriors consented to an arrangement with veteran swingman Matt Barnes, he affirmed to ESPN. The Sacramento Kings deferred Barnes on Feb. 20 since they required a program spot to suit the players they got in their DeMarcus Cousins exchange with the New Orleans Pelicans.