Brooklyn will be without perennial All-Star forward Kevin Durant for the next 4-6 weeks after an MRI revealed a sprained MCL in his left knee.
Durant went down with the injury during Saturday’s 120-105 home win over New Orleans.
The 14th-year player is leading the NBA in scoring with a 29.3 points-per-game average. He is averaging 7.4 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 0.9 blocked shots and 0.8 steals per game. Durant is hitting 52.0 percent of his field-goal attempts, 37.2 percent of launches from 3-point range and 89.4 percent of his free throws.
Brooklyn is currently in second place in the Eastern Conference with its 27-15 record. The Nets are one-half game back of Chicago for the East’s No. 1 spot. They lead Miami by one-half game for the No. 2 slot.
This is a big blow to Durant’s chances to win NBA MVP honors. DraftKings currently has him at +900 odds to win the award. Steph Curry is the +180 ‘chalk.’ The next-shortest odds belong to Giannis Antetokounmpo (+425) and Nikola Jokic (+700).
Brooklyn remains the favorite to win the NBA title with +245 odds at DraftKings.