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Durant suffers left knee sprain, expected to return in 4-6 weeks

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Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant exited Saturday's game in the second quarter after suffering a knee sprain.
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Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant exited Saturday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans after suffering a knee sprain.

After undergoing an MRI on Sunday morning, Durant was diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral of the left knee.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, there's optimism that Durant will return following four-to-six weeks of rehab.

Durant suffered the injury midway through the second quarter after the Pelicans' Herb Jones collided with Bruce Brown while driving to the basket, causing Brown to fall backwards and into Durant.

Durant attempted to walk it off before heading to the bench and then back to the locker room. The Nets announced at halftime that Durant would not return to the game.

Durant entered Saturday's game averaging a league-best 29.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game.

The Nets, already playing home games without Kyrie Irving due to New York's COVID-19 vaccine mandate, have lost six of their last nine games. They begin a four-game road trip on Monday in Cleveland.