Durant to undergo MRI after knee injury

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Kevin Durant to undergo MRI after he suffer knee injury in the victory against Miami Heat.

Brooklyn Nets star forward Kevin Durant injured his knee in his team 102-101 win over the Miami Heat on Sunday in the third quarter of the game.

The forward is expected to undergo an MRI on Monday, according to Nets coach Jacque Vaughn.

The injury happened 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.

“I was right there. Those plays are scary,” Nets guard Kyrie Irving said after the game. “Because when someone’s not looking [at] what’s going on, anything can happen in those moments, so I’m grateful that all that time he’s put in the weight room, putting his body in a great position, his body was able to save him from something worse.”

The Nets, who have won 18 of their past 20 games, were trying to remain positive that Durant’s injury wouldn’t be too serious.

“He’s in good spirits as we all are,” Irving said of Durant. “The strength of our team is us picking each other up. Just being ready for whatever’s thrown at us. … I think one of the greatest qualities of our team is our bench and the way we support each other, despite who’s in the lineup. And now it’s time to go out and exemplify that until we find out the timeline with K and when he could be available again. So we just got to be mature about it.”

The Nets did not make Durant available to reporters after the game.

 

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