The Warriors will be in trouble without Kevin Durant, but how much?
The Golden State Warriors will be without their All-Star forward Kevin Durant for at least a month and possibly more. The good news is that he should be able to return for the playoffs come mid-April. In the game against the Washington Wizards, he would suffer an MCL sprain to go along with a bone bruise in his left knee.
The action took place when center Marcin Gortat would grab ZaZa Pachulia and throw him to the ground right before he could get the rebound off a missed shot. When Pachulia would land, he came crashing into Durant’s knee. Durant would noticeably limp right after the conclusion.
Durant went under an MRI on Tuesday night, and Golden State would announce that he has a Grade 2 medial collateral ligament sprain and a tibial bone bruise. The silver lining in this is he should return for the NBA Playoffs in April.
The question now for the Warriors (50-10) is where will they land come playoff time. Golden State, leaders in the Pacific Division, are 13.5 games over the second-place L.A. Clippers (36-23). The Warriors are in control with 22 games remaining on their calendar.
What possibly is at stake is the first place conference hold the Warriors have over the San Antonio Spurs (45-13) and Houston Rockets (42-19). Golden State leads the Spurs by four games while the Rockets are 8.5 back. What the Warriors do next will be the key to remaining in the conference lead.
The first action Golden State has done is resign former Warriors swingman, Matt Barnes. The forward Barnes became available after the Sacramento Kings waived him when Demarcus Cousins was traded. With the Kings, he was averaging 7.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game. Not really Durant type numbers, but he also brings much more toughness to the team as well.
My recommendation is to sign Barnes for your fantasy squad if you have the room and try to trade Durant to someone who isn’t paying attention to the news.
Durant is averaging 25.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game.
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