The Golden State Warriors have certainly missed having Kevin Durant around, having struggled their way to a 2-3 record without the star forward.
Durant suffered an MCL sprain and bone bruise in a 112-108 loss to the Washington Wizards shortly after the All-Star break and is expected to miss a few more weeks of action.
In his first season with the Warriors, Durant was averaging 25.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game before going down with the injury.
However, when he's finally able to return, Durant doesn't expect to need much time to get back in a rhythm. In fact, in the video below, he explains how he's been staying in game shape during his injury:
"Shooting in a chair," Durant says in the video. "Shot in a chair the other day. Got to keep this jumper right. That's what I'm doing. I'm sure that's what I'll be doing the next two days. But the next two weeks, I really don't know - just taking it a day at a time."
The mental image of Durant in a gym shooting his jump shot from a chair is an oddly sad, but still funny, picture. Still, that commitment to the game is what makes him one of the NBA's best scorers (and all-around superstars).
However, seeing the video below, in which Durant stands up after the press conference and walks slowly on crutches out of the room, isn't exactly inspiring for Warriors fans:
With a brace like that on his knee, it looks like Durant still has a long road to recovery ahead of him, which is bad news for the Warriors, who are struggling to hold off the San Antonio Spurs for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.
At 52-12, the Warriors only lead the 50-14 Spurs by two games, with a showdown in San Antonio coming up on Saturday night on ABC. Only five weeks remain in the regular season, during which Golden State needs Durant to get healthy.
If the Warriors want to make a trip to their third-straight NBA Finals, they'll need Durant back in action, since in order to sign him this past offseason, they had to get rid of some of the players who provided depth for last year's team.
With Durant in the mix, the Warriors are the clear-cut favorites to advance out of the Western Conference. Without him, the Spurs have a chance to challenge their rivals for conference supremacy - both in the regular season standings and the playoffs.