Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
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Brooklyn Nets are optimistic that star forward Kevin Durant will return to action within the next four to six weeks.

Durant had to leave the game vs the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday because of a left knee injury. He initially underwent medical tests that showed a left knee sprain.

Furthermore, he had an MRI on Sunday that revealed a spained MCL. The All-Star guard will need some time to recover and the Nets expect him back within four to six weeks.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Brooklyn is optimistic Kevin Durant will be able to return in late February. This means he could play as early as after the All-Star break (February 18-23).

With the two-time champion out, the Nets will rely on the superstar duo of Kyrie Irving and James Harden to make the difference. Brooklyn is currently second in the East, at 27-15, and plays 11 of its next 14 games on the road.

Kevin Durant has entered the MVP race this season, averaging a league-leading 29.7 points (52% shooting), 7.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists.

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