The Golden State Warriors are in danger. Kevin Durant is going to miss at least two weeks with a fractured rib, the team announced on Friday, March 16.
Following an incomplete rib cartilage fracture - while playing against the Minnesota Timberwolves - last Sunday, the 29-year-old professional NBA player played through the injury in a matchup against Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.
Before Friday's game, he said,
What happened was, I’ve got hit in the ribs before, so I just thought it was a little contusion. Obviously, I kept playing. It was a little sore the next couple of days, but not something I’d worry about. Then the last game, I went out to close out on the wing and I felt something stretch and pull, and, you know, I felt some discomfort in the first half, so then the next day it got sore." Durant underwent an MRI scan and the results arrived just hours before tip-off.
Kevin Durant's MRI results: Incomplete rib cartilage fracture, re-evaluated in two weeks. More brutal injury news for the Warriors.
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Kevin is not the only player dealing with injuries but another Warrior Steph Curry is also suffering from the right ankle injury in addition to Klay Thompson who has a fractured right thumb.
It looks as if, the team would slip further behind the Houston Rockets for first place in the Western Conference as a result.
I’ll just try to get healthy, man. I’ll try to make sure I’m out here and being me on the court. That’s the most important thing. This isn’t great timing wise. But it’s all about feeling better when I’m out there playing.
The Warriors stars, meanwhile, can use this injury time to recharge before the playoffs. However, Kevin is not buying it.
That’s the positive part of it you can look at. But on the other side, you’re thinking 'I wish I was out there hooping and using these days to get better and sharpen up our skills. It’s all good. It could’ve been worse for all three of us. But luckily it’s not.
Luckily, Kevin would not undergo surgery, but he would have to keep his movements restricted, as he reported feeling pain when he laughed or got out of bed.
Definitely unfortunate. But that’s what happens when you play a contact sport.