Nets’ Kevin Durant expected to miss 2022 NBA All-Star Game to rehab MCL injury

According to Yahoo Sports Chris HaynesNets forward Kevin Durant is expected to miss the 2022 NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland, Ohio.

This will be the second straight All-Star Game KD has missed due to injury, as he missed the 2021 NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta due to a left hamstring strain.

According to the latest All-Star voting results, Durant is the top voter in the Eastern Conference, which would make him an All-Star starter and captain.

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Why will Kevin Durant miss the 2022 NBA All-Star Game?

Durant is out indefinitely with a sprained MCL in his left knee, an injury he sustained Jan. 15 when teammate Bruce Brown fell backwards on him following a collision with Pelicans forward Herbert Jones.

Including a loss Tuesday against the Lakers, the Nets are 2-3 since Durant’s injury. Prior to the injury, Durant appeared in 36 games averaging 29.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists.

By missing the All-Star Game, the 6-foot-10 forward hopes to continue his MCL rehab and return in time for the Nets’ playoff push.

During his previous 13 years, Durant was named an All-Star 11 times and won the All-Star Game MVP award twice (2019 and 2012).

Having missed the entire 2019-20 season due to his Achilles tendon injury, Durant will miss his third straight All-Star Game.

Nets injuries and upcoming schedule

Durant’s injury is a huge dent in the Nets’ competitive ability as the team is dealing with numerous injuries and absences.

Paul Millsap has dropped out of the rotation and agreed to part ways with the team while he pursued a trade. Kyrie Irving has become a part-time player, unavailable for home games in Brooklyn due to his unvaccinated status. Additionally, Joe Harris has been rehabbing from an ankle injury he sustained in mid-November.

Fortunately for Brooklyn, most of its games in the lead up to All-Star Weekend are on the road.

Date Adversary Time (ET) national television
26 of January against nuggets 8:00 pm
January 29 in warriors 8:30 pm ABC
February 1st in soles 10:00 pm TNT
February 2 in Kings 10:00 pm
february 4 in jazz 21:00