Kevin Durant injury update: Nets star exits game vs. Pelicans
Kevin Durant exited the game midway through the second quarter when Bruce Brown fell back into his left knee trying to defend a fast break situation. The Nets announced shortly after that he would not return to the game. Kevin Durant is out for the remainder of tonight’s game due to a left knee sprain.— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) January 16, 2022 Durant has been playing at an MVP level for Brooklyn this season, who have had to counter the initial loss, and then part-time availability of point guard Kyrie Irving this season. Through 35 games, Durant is averaging 29.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists.
When Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant went down with a sprained MCL on Jan. 15, his timetable for return was set at four-to-six weeks. That was always going to make the All-Star Game on Feb. 20 a long shot. © Provided by CBS Sports
During the TNT broadcast of Lakers-Nets on Tuesday night, NBA insider Chris Haynes reported that Durant will, indeed, sit out the All-Star Game in Cleveland as he continues to work toward his return for Brooklyn.
Durant leads the fan vote for Eastern Conference frontcourt players and was the third leading vote-getter overall, trailing only LeBron James and Stephen Curry. Durant was sure to be a starter. In his place, an injury replacement will be named from the group of reserves that will be announced at a later date.
All-Star starters will be announced on Thursday.
Nets' Kevin Durant expected to miss 2022 NBA All-Star Game to rehab MCL injury .
This will be the second consecutive All-Star Game that Kevin Durant misses due to injury after missing last year's game with a left hamstring strain.This will be the second consecutive All-Star Game that KD misses due to injury, having missed the 2021 NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta due to a left hamstring strain.