Kevin Durant’s MRI Results
Tuesday All Star forward Kevin Durant left the game against the Washington Wizards within seconds of the first half with a knee injury. Wednesday, he received an MRI on the left knee and will be out the rest of the season according to Associated Press.
Initially the Golden State Warriors hoped the injury was minor. The MRI results show he endures a Grade 2 MCL sprain and tibia bone bruise.
Due to Durant’s absence, the Warriors need to improve on all cylinders. He leads the Warriors in points and rebounds this season. KD averages 25.3 points and 8.2 boards per game. Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson will all have to step up and improve. Especially on the defensive end as he has 1.6 blocks and 1.1 steals according to ESPN.
The Warriors now seek replacement in veteran Matt Barnes. Barnes gives them a defensive specialist who averages 8.2 points and 4.6 rebounds over his 13-year career. He brings toughness and spot up shooting to the team.
Golden State have already locked a playoff berth with their win against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday. They now will try to hold on to the top seed in the Western Conference with the season dwindling.
As history shows, the Warriors will not push the return of Durant into the lineup. Curry pleaded to play but the staff held him off till needed in last year’s playoff round against the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers. Golden States’ team chemistry will now take over and lead the team in a push to the finals.
Now Green shows his concern for Durant and displays how the team will always perform on Twitter.
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) March 1, 2017