Nets say KD out at least 2 weeks with MCL sprain

by Gordon Dixon - Nets forward Kevin Durant will miss at least two weeks after being diagnosed with an isolated MCL sprain of his right knee, the team announced Monday.

Nets say Kevin Durant out at least 2 weeks with MCL sprain 11:55 AM ET ESPN Brooklyn Nets star forward Kevin Durant will miss at least two weeks after being diagnosed with an isolated MCL sprain of his right knee, the team announced Monday. Durant underwent an MRI, which confirmed the nature of his injury. The Nets said he will be reevaluated in two weeks. He sustained the injury in the third quarter of the Nets' 102-101 victory over the Miami Heat on Sunday night. Editor's Picks KD to undergo MRI after injuring knee vs. Heat 12h Nick Friedell The injury occurred with 1:05 left in the third quarter as Heat swingman Jimmy Butler went to the rim and got his shot blocked by Nets big man Ben Simmons . Butler fell back into Durant's knee, and Durant stayed on the ground for a few moments but remained in the game. Durant kept rubbing at the knee up and down the floor and had to be taken out when the Nets called a timeout about 30 seconds later. Durant immediately walked straight back to the locker room to get checked out and did not return. This isn't the first time Durant has dealt with a knee issue. Durant injured the MCL in his left knee during a Jan. 15, 2022, win over the New Orleans Pelicans and had to miss over 1½ months while rehabbing. During his rehab, the Nets, who were 27-15 at the time and still playing with Irving on a part-time basis because of the New York City vaccination mandate, were 5-17 in Durant's absence, including an 11-game losing streak. Durant also missed over a month in 2017 when he sprained an MCL and suffered a tibial bone bruise when former Golden State Warriors teammate Zaza Pachulia accidentally fell into his knee. Durant has vaulted himself into the MVP conversation this season by averaging 30 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists -- leading the Nets (27-13) back toward the top of the Eastern Conference after a tumultuous start to the season on and off the floor. ESPN's Nick Friedell contributed to this report.