On a Wizards possession under their basket less than a minute into the game, Washington center Marcin Gortat tossed Golden State’s Zaza Pachulia aside. Pachulia stumbled and landed on Durant’s left leg. Durant immediately clutched at his left knee, then hobbled around a bit. He stayed in, took only one shot, which he missed, and left with zero points — ending a streak of 562 regular-season games (653, including the postseason) in which Durant scored at least 10 points.
According to the Warriors, Durant underwent an MRI at MedStar Washington Hospital in the DC area, and was diagnosed with a Grade 2 MCL sprain and a tibial bone bruise. Durant will be re-evaluated in four weeks, and while the team says there is no timetable for his return, they also said a return this season has not been ruled out.
Whether or not Durant returns to action is not critical, but his return to full health, whatever the ultimate time frame, is imperative if he is to be a factor in the postseason for the Warriors.
Catch you Monday.