BREAKING: Kevin Durant Expected Back For Playoffs
The Golden State Warriors spent $54 million this offseason to ensure they wouldn't fall victim to another tragic Finals loss, and as best we could tell, it looked like it'd pay off. However, the gambit of overloading their roster with superstars appears to have been too ambitious for basketball's karmic overlord, as it sought to teach the NBA's best franchise a lesson about not being able to buy happiness with one swift hyperextension of Kevin Durant's knee Tuesday night.
Luckily for them, the injury -- which an MRI revealed to be a Grade 2 MCL sprain and a tibial bone bruise -- probably won't be keeping him out of the playoffs.
Injury Update: Kevin Durant suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain and a tibial bone bruise.
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— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) March 1, 2017
Kevin Durant expected back for the postseason, multiple sources told ESPN. “It’s not as bad as it looked,” one source said.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 1, 2017
Durant's MRI shows no damage to ACL. MCL injury & bone bruise are painful but heal without surgery, typically 4-6 wks depending on severity. https://t.co/AZf3f3Tm5Y
— DocFlynn (@jessdeede) March 1, 2017
Obviously, a "revaluation" in four weeks isn't a guarantee he'll be on the court for the final week of the regular season (which ends six weeks from today), but it's a pretty clear indication that the injury wasn't severe enough to merit surgery, which would've forced him to miss the playoffs all together.
Going forward, 11 of the Dubs' remaining 22 games are against sub-.500 competition, so there's still a chance they wind up ahead of the Spurs -- whom they play twice in San Antonio -- in the top playoff spot. Either way, today is a win for the Warriors, as they've clearly dodged a bullet, because lets face it, Matt Barnes wasn't going to deliver any hardware.
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