Kevin Durant, who’s expected to return to NBA action this week, has been out of the Warriors lineup since February 28. What was wrong with the former NBA MVP Durant? Knee problems. Specifically Durant suffered a sprained MCL (medial collateral ligament) and also a bruised tibia. Durant’s MCL sprain, a common basketball injury, was considered Grade 2. The MCL stabilizes the knee for lateral movement.
Durant’s MCL injury and recovery didn’t require surgery. His tibia bruise had ample time to heal while Durant rested and then rehabbed the MCL. Meanwhile the Warriors don’t need to hurry to plug Durant back into the lineup. They’ve won 11 straight, solidifying their claim on the top spot and home court advantage throughout the playoffs.