Warriors' Durant exits homecoming with knee injury
Kevin Durant's hometown return to the nation's capital was short-lived as the Golden State Warriors star suffered a knee injury.
Less than two minutes into Tuesday's game against the Washington Wizards, the Warriors star hobbled off the court, favouring his left knee, after team-mate Zaza Pachulia tumbled backward into him on a rebound attempt in the first quarter.
Golden State said Durant hyperextended the knee and would not return.
He will undergo an MRI to determine the extent of the damage, the team said.
Here's the play that sent Kevin Durant limping to the locker room. pic.twitter.com/2YKVh1KLPu— NBA.com (@NBAcom) March 1, 2017
Durant was able to walk around under his own power and tried jogging gingerly toward the Warriors bench.
He stayed on the court for another offensive possession before the team called a timeout and Durant met with the trainers and headed to the locker room.
The former NBA MVP is averaging 25.8 points, eighth-best in the league, with 8.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists in his first season with the Warriors, after spurning the Oklahoma City Thunder, Wizards and other suitors around the league to join forces with the back-to-back Western Conference champions.