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Woj: Nets looking at four-to-six week rehab for Kevin Durant

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The Nets announced Sunday morning that an MRI reveals Kevin Durant has a “sprained medial collateral” — MCL — of his left knee. The Nets added that the injury will require a “period of rehabilitation” rather than surgery. Here’s the announcement...

While the Nets did not provide a timetable on KD’s return, Adrian Wojnarowski said the NBA’s leading scorer will likely be out four to six weeks.

Later, Woj wrote...

Durant underwent imaging on Sunday morning after Saturday night’s injury, and a realistic benchmark for Durant could be a return coming out of the All-Star break that ends on Feb. 24, sources said...

There was relief around the Nets that the injury wasn’t more serious, and hopefulness that he will make a full return to health in plenty of time for the playoffs.

The 33-year-old Durant was injured in the second quarter of the Nets-Pelicans game when Herbert Jones of New Orleans inadvertently pushed Bruce Brown into a knee-on-knee collision with Durant, buckling Durant’s left knee. Here’s video of the incident...

Durant’s rehab means the Nets won’t have their “Big Three” available until late February or early March. Assuming Kyrie Irving won’t get vaccinated and/or New York City doesn’t change its mandate on indoor venues, Brooklyn will likely have to rely even more heavily on James Harden, particularly at home. Durant and Harden have been in the top three in minutes played all season long.

As Anthony Puccio tweets, there will be limited opportunities for the “Big Three” to play before the post-season using Woj’s benchmark of February 24, the end of All-Star Break...

The injury could also take Durant out of the All-Star Game on February 20 in Cleveland, roughly five weeks away. He is the East’s leading vote-getter.

MCL injuries do not normally require surgery unless it’s accompanied by other knee-related issues. There’s no indication whatsoever in the Nets announcement that Durant will go under the knife.

The Nets are traveling to Cleveland Sunday for their game with the Cavs Monday night.