NBA Injuries

Kevin Durant sitting with hand injury.

Photographer: Torrey Purvey/Icon Sportswire

Golden State Warriors small forward Kevin Durant is not going to play in Saturday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets due to a left hand contusion, according to the Warriors Public Relations Department. The game will be the first game that Durant has missed as a member of the Warriors.

According to Dr. Selene Parekh, Durant will be viewed as day-to-day by the Warriors and be back before the end of the week if not sooner. However, if the issue continues to bother the superstar, an MRI would be needed to evaluate the soft tissues and ligaments.

Area of concern

Durant was the talk of the summer when he signed with Golden State and has not disappointed. Despite playing alongside several high-volume scoring teammates, Durant will be the one garnering Most Valuable Player award considerations. He has led the team in scoring and rebounding while shooting a career-best 53 percent from the field.

Durant may be out a few games, but don’t go rushing to the waiver wire for a hot pickup from Golden State. Let’s not forget his teammates made it to the Western Conference Finals themselves the past two seasons. Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond should all see offensive opportunities that is similar to what fantasy owners were used to before Durant signed.

Andre Iguodala will be asked to step into the starting lineup and get a better chance to produce. This will make owning the borderline fantasy relevant Iguodala worthwhile in 12-team leagues as he is en route to see above 30 minutes on the floor. Iguodala can still fill up a stat sheet when given minutes. Even so, the minutes increase would only be temporary with Durant’s return looming.

Ian Clark and Kevon Looney will also likely see their playing time increase with Durant out, but not enough to warrant serious consideration in 12-team leagues. Iguodala is the guy you want to pick up in this situation.

While Dr.Parekh believes the injury can keep the star sidelined for up to a full week, he could also return in the team’s next game. The Warriors have no need to push their superstar with all the talent they already have on the roster without him, but Durant’s competitive nature might trump that thought process.

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