Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant was re-evaluated Monday afternoon. Now, his right MCL sprain will be re-assessed in two weeks, per sources. The soon to be 13-time All-Star is “progressing well and as expected,” the team announced on Tuesday.
Durant will begin running and participating in on-court activities this week. Brooklyn coach Jacque Vaughn is debating whether or not to rest the two-time MVP until after the All-Star break. It makes little sense to rush the forward back from an injury for a couple of games.
Based on various NBA betting sites, the Nets possess third-shortest odds to win the championship. A few sportsbooks are giving the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks better odds.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 24, 2023
Prior to his MCL sprain, the Nets forward was averaging 20.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 1.5 blocks per game. Durant was also shooting a career-best 55.9% from the field and 37.6% outside the arc. Plus, he was shooting a career-high 93.4% at the foul line.
Durant has missed the last six games. He has only missed a total of seven contests this season. Additionally, the 15-year veteran is averaging a career-high true shooting percentage of 67.3%.
Nets forward Kevin Durant will be re-assessed in two weeks, right MCL sprain progressing well
If Durant can stay healthy for the remainder of the season, the two-time NBA champ could become the first player in NBA history to average 30 points per game on at least 65% true shooting.
On Nov. 28, in the Nets’ 109-102 win over the Orlando Magic, the wing logged a season-high 45 points in 39 minutes of action. Not to mention, he ended his outing with seven boards, five assists, two steals, and two blocks while shooting 19-of-24 (79.2%) from the floor and knocking down three 3-pointers.
Kevin Durant was re-evaluated yesterday. He'll be re-assessed again in two weeks. The Nets say he is "progressing well and as expected." He is going to begin running and on-court activities this week.
— Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) January 24, 2023
Furthermore, the 34-year-old winning MVP this season is improbable, but sportsbooks are still showing Durant with seventh-best odds. The Nets wing trails Nikola Jokic, Luka Doncic, Jayson Tatum, Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Ja Morant.
Brooklyn has gone 2-4 since Durant’s injury and 3-4 this season without the 10-time All-NBA member. Without the veteran forward, the Nets have dropped to 16th in scoring, averaging 113.7 points per game.
However, the Nets have the second-best shooting percentage (50.8%) in the league. Bear in mind, Brooklyn ranks fifth in opponents’ scoring, surrendering just 110.7 points per contest.
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