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Nets’ Kevin Durant going for tests on knee injury


MIAMI — Nets star Kevin Durant was forced out of Sunday’s game against the Heat with a knee injury and didn’t return.

Any injury to Durant is Brooklyn’s biggest worry. Now the Nets could have to attend for Monday’s examination and presumptive MRI exam to see if it’s just a foul dream or an outright nightmare.

“Yeah, you understand, he didn’t finish the sport. And good knee, he’ll get evaluated [in New York] after which hopefully I’ll have some more info for you,” coach Jacque Vaughn said. “Most certainly it can include imaging simply to make certain we’re good.

“I didn’t inquire in regards to the knee, don’t want to invest. I’m gonna knock on some wood and see what happens. … [He] just just about he dapped up everybody coming into the locker room. I just said I wish you’d’ve got the rebound on that play and it was heck of a win with the group and that was about it.”

The injury occurred when Ben Simmons blocked Jimmy Butler’s shot with 1:05 left within the third quarter, and the Miami wing fell back awkwardly into Durant’s knee.

Kevin Durant and Jimmy Butler each go for the ball throughout the Nets’ win over the Heat on Sunday.USA TODAY Sports

Durant was down for several seconds in discomfort, and no Brooklyn training personnel immediately got here toward him. Kyrie Irving was the one Net to return off the bench to assist Durant, as he put his lost shoe back on and was eventually helped to his feet.

“I used to be right there. Those plays are scary, because when someone’s not looking with what’s occurring anything can occur in those moments. So I’m grateful that every one that point that he’s put in the load room putting his body in an amazing position, his body was able to save lots of from something worse,” Irving said. “That’s why I stepped on the court right as soon as that happened, just natural response, natural human response.

“It doesn’t feel good emotionally, to be honest with you. It was definitely gonna be easy for me to form of let my emotions show, but just had a selection to make, and things like that. With [Durant] we all know what we’re up against with him not being in lineup. We will say it each day, but we don’t have time for any excuses. We’ve just got to maintain moving forward and stay mature about it, like I said.”

Durant tried to remain on the ground, and gut through the pain. But he couldn’t move to corral a high pass from Seth Curry on the following possession, and seemed to be massaging his knee on defense on the following trip back downcourt.

The Nets took a timeout down 80-79 with 36.6 seconds left within the third quarter. Durant didn’t take the court after play resumed, heading down the tunnel for evaluation and treatment. He didn’t return.

“He’s in good spirits, as all of us are,” Irving said. “The strength of our team is us picking one another up and just being ready for whatever is thrown at us.”

Losing Durant for any length of time can be catastrophic for Brooklyn. He sprained his MCL on January 15 of last season and didn’t return until March 3. The Nets — who had been 27-15 at that time, near the highest of the Eastern Conference — went just 5-16 in Durant’s absence, including dropping 11 straight games to fall into the play-in. That lack of fight during his absence contributed to his offseason trade request.

One other sprained MCL in 2017 — together with a bone bruise — cost Durant over a month in 2017 with Golden State.

“Tough, man. You never need to see anyone go down especially seven. I feel he got hurt here last 12 months. It was a troublesome play, but just hope he’s all right and may get back fast,” said Nic Claxton, adding Durant was in good spirits. “Yeah. Can’t control it now.”

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