The trade of Kevin Durant to the Phoenix Suns was one of the biggest moves in recent NBA history.
After waiting for a few weeks as Durant recovered from an injury, he finally played for his new team and the results had been amazing, with the Suns going 3-0.
On Wednesday night, they were looking forward to another victory with Durant but the star player injured himself during warm-ups and sat out during the game.
It seemed like a simple injury at first but new reporting suggests that might not be the case.
AZ Central says that there is “concern” within the Suns that Durant has a grade two sprain and could miss the rest of the regular season.
There is concern within the Suns’ organization that Kevin Durant has a grade 2 sprain and could miss the remainder of the regular season and potentially the start of the playoffs, per @azcentral pic.twitter.com/QSQ4CfPWuI
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) March 9, 2023
So what looked like a minor mishap might lead to Durant missing a lot more time.
A grade two sprain like this typically takes about four to six weeks to heal.
Since the regular season ends at the start of April, that would mean Durant would be out of rotation until at least the beginning of the playoffs.
At this point, there is little doubt the Suns will be in the postseason.
They were headed that way before Durant was signed to the team, but their chances of success in the playoffs were greatly enhanced when he came on board.
Durant has been much more susceptible to injuries over the last few years and that has limited his output, sometimes at crucial times.
The Suns definitely have enough firepower to get to the playoffs without their latest star.
But the team – and its excited fanbase – were eager to see Durant play as much as possible and this new rumor puts that in jeopardy.
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