Kevin Durant was in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night to take on the Wizards for the first time as a member of the Warriors, and the return to his hometown ended in the worst way possible.
Durant was ruled out for the rest of the game with a hyper extended knee and was set to undergo an MRI to reveal the severity of the injury.
On Wednesday morning, the Warriors announced the results of the MRI, and while it's not terrible it certainly isn't good.
"Following reviews of the MRI by the Warriors' medical staff, it has been determined that Durant suffered a Grade 2 Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) sprain and a tibial bone bruise," the official press release stated. "He will be out of action indefinitely and will be re-evaluated in four weeks. There is no timetable for his return, but it has not been ruled out that he could play again before the end of the regular season."
With the regular season coming to an end mid-April, Durant would be tentatively slated for a return with six games remaining before the playoffs.
Unless the Warriors go on a considerable losing streak, they are more than likely to be the top seed in the Western Conference playoff bracket. While it would be ideal to get Durant some playing time before the playoffs begin, it may not be worth it, especially considering how rare it is for No. 8 seeds to upset No. 1 seeds in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
Could life for the Warriors without Durant be different?
Perhaps, but it was last year, and the team won an NBA record 73 regular-season games and were one win away from back-to-back NBA championships.