Kevin Durant hasn't been seen playing for the Golden State Warriors since he sprained his MCL and bruised his tibia against the Washington Wizards almost three weeks ago. However, recent reports have indicated the 2014 NBA MVP is making good progress towards a return to the court.
While the Warriors have no need to rush Durant back onto the court anytime soon, the forward has taken the first step towards returning as a full-time player as he has been seen making jump shots, which only means good things for his recovery.
Now another piece of news on Durant has emerged, putting him one step closer towards making an appearance on the hardwood once more for Golden State.
According to ESPN: "Durant will accompany the team on its upcoming trip to Oklahoma City and Dallas, marking his first travel since he suffered a left knee MCL sprain and tibial bone bruise on Feb. 28."
This means the Warriors star will be with his teammates during their back-to-back games over their next three days, starting off in Oklahoma City on Monday against the Thunder, and finishing on Tuesday in Dallas against the Mavericks.
Golden State is currently 5-5 without Durant on the court, so they wouldn't mind having him back, but head coach Steve Kerr has said he is happy with the progress the forward is making.
“I’ve watched him today shooting jump shots,” Kerr said before the Warriors’ 117-92 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. “I’ve watched him go from sitting in a chair shooting to standstill shooting and now jump-shooting, so he’s clearly making progress. It’s great.”
Durant was due to be re-evaluated in four weeks following his injury, which means we should know more about the recovery at some point next week. Judging by the recent news and information that has been released on the player, his recovery is going well.
The 2014 MVP averaged 25.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 33.6 minutes per game over 59 games this season before he sprained his MCL and bruised his tibia against the Wizards on February 28.
It will be tough for him to watch his teammates play against his old team on Monday without him on the court, but at least the fact he is traveling with the team shows he is making good progress towards making a return to the court, which people believe could happen by the end of the regular season on April 12.News Now - Sport News