MIAMI, FL — Golden State Warriors have been dealt a major setback with the news that star forward Kevin Durant will be out indefinitely with a knee injury, the team announced Wednesday.
Durant left Tuesday night’s 112-108 loss to the Washington Wizard in some discomfort after teammate and center Zaza Pachulia came down on his leg.
The Warriors diagnosed him on Wednesday and it has been revealed he has a sprained MCL and a bone bruise on his left leg.
Golden State said he is out indefinitely and would be re-evaluated in the next four weeks.
“At this time it’s just speculation to guess when that is,” general manager Bob Myers said, according to ESPN.
“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.”
Durant is averaging 25.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 27.60 minutes per game this season.
Despite potentially losing their star man for the most of the regular season fixtures, the Warriors are delighted his injury is not a season-end one.
“There was a moment where there was a potential different diagnosis, but that didn’t last too long,” Myers said,
“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 told The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears: “I’m definitely relieved.
“I thought it would be way worse. Being away weeks sucks, but we will take that over what was initially thought.”
ESPN is reporting that the Warriors, who have the best record in the NBA this season, at 50-10, will move to sign former Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers veteran swingman Matt Barnes this week.
According to the report, Barnes has already agreed to a deal