GOLDEN State Warriors star Kevin Durant faces an indefinite injury lay-off after spraining a knee ligament but could return before the end of the regular season, the NBA team said.
Durant hobbled off the court during the Warriors’ defeat to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday after a collision with teammate Zaza Pachulia.
“It has been determined that Durant suffered a grade 2 medial collateral ligament sprain and a tibial bone bruise,” the Warriors said following a scan.
“We will continue to work with leading specialists to gather additional information through clinical examination and sequential testing to determine the best course of action and next steps.” Embiid has not played since January 27. His knee swelled after he took part in a workout last week.
“As our medical team and performance staff continue their diligence in the evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of Joel’s injury, we will provide any pertinent updates when available.” The move comes after last week’s announcement by the 76ers that Australian standout Ben Simmons, the top overall pick in last year’s NBA Draft, would miss his entire rookie season because his broken right foot has not completely healed. He underwent surgery last October for the break, suffered in the team’s final pre-season training camp workout.
Down the line, Lue could use Williams in the starting lineup, but for now, Williams is happy to contribute any way he can. “It was kind of an easy decision for me,” he said. “I definitely looked at a couple other teams. But once Dallas informed me they kind of wanted to go in a different direction, the Cavs were the first team that jumped out at me. A lot of times you overthink things. I kind of went with my first thought.”
Williams has averaged 16.6 points and 8.2 assists in his career since debuting with Utah in 2005.
He and Korver were teammates for three years with the Jazz, reaching the Western Conference finals in 2006-07.