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Published: Fri, March 03, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Kevin Durant Out Indefinitely


He'll be re-evaluated in four weeks. Grade two sprains are worse, usually requiring two to six weeks for recovery. That would be somewhere around mid-May, that would be eight weeks after this injury.

The Golden State Warriors had Kevin Durant in their sights long before sitting down with him as a free agent last July, during his whirlwind tour of meetings with teams in the Hamptons. "I don't think they're gonna push Durant back for the Spurs game, but I think that Spurs game is an important game". The center went down due to a foul from the Wizards' Marcin Gortat.

Golden State center Zaza Pachulia, left, falls into Kevin Durant's left knee early in Tuesday night's game in Washington.

The 28-year-old has a long injury history but it doesn't include any previous knee issues. While everything Durant does looks easy, he has been working like insane to help the Warriors on both ends.

Even though Stephen Curry is coming off consecutive MVP seasons, including being named the first-ever unanimous victor past year, Durant is the Warriors' best player. The team will, however, honour their commitment to sign him, ensuring he'll get his salary for the rest of the year. Sure, they had Barnes and he was significant. Golden States' veteran reserves kept them in the ballgame when it seemed to be slipping out of reach. "At 6'7", Livingston's length proved to be extremely effective at the point guard spot yet again.

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J.R. Smith and Kevin Love are expected to return from their respective injuries later this month. The Warriors have not ruled out a return before the playoffs begin. "Our job now is to (continue) being us, continue to get wins, continue to play well, continue to build toward the playoffs and then when he's able to rejoin us, hopefully, we hit our stride and be ready to try to win another championship". But what might the loss mean in the playoffs? Durant underwent an MRI on Tuesday night, and the results of that MRI will be released later today, but the Dubs signing Matt Barnes for the remainder of the season could be an indication that this won't be a short-term absence for The Duranchula. Gone from the 73-win Warriors of a year ago are Bogut, Leandro Barbosa, Festus Ezeli, Brandon Rush, Marreese Speights and Anderson Varejao. And if KD never recovers fully this season, the Warriors will be one step closer to disappointment than dynasty. The 2015-16 bench outscored teams by 5.1 points per 100 possessions. The Bulls lead the league in offensive rebounds per game (12.7) and are tied for first in the league in second-chance points at 15.6.

The injury will open up playing time for Golden State rookie Patrick McCaw.

Here are three things to look for in tonight's game, if you plan on watching. He also becomes a secondary ball handler when on the floor.

Durant isn't putting up quite the same per-game numbers as his former teammates James Harden and Russell Westbrook, but he's having an MVP-caliber season in his own right. - Draymond Green on Durant's updateWhat Caused The Injury? Plus, let's not forget that without him the Warriors still have three healthy all-stars, more than any other team in the league.

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