Former Lakers Doctor Gives Grim Insight on Kevin Durant and His Quad Injury

Published 04/21/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Apr 18, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) holds his left leg as head coach Steve Nash assists him from the court during the first half of a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports


Kevin Durant has struggled with injuries over the last few years. During the 2019 NBA Playoffs, Durant suffered a calf strain that seemed very serious. However, he recovered quickly and played in the NBA Finals against the Raptors, but suffered a torn Achilles injury. While Durant has recovered from that, he has had two major injuries which put him on the sideline this year.

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Doctor gives negative KD injury update

Former Los Angeles Lakers doctor Marco Nunez spoke to Heavy about Kevin Durant. Durant suffered a thigh contusion against the Miami Heat this weekend. Nunez believes that this is a scary injury, and will keep Durant in a lot of pain. The recovery period depends from person to person. However, given Durant’s recent injury history, the Nets should be cautious and allow him as much time to recover as he needs.

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Feb 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) drives with the ball against Toronto Raptors power forward Pascal Siakam (43) during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

“I think KD has mild contusion to his quad, which leaves a bruise in that area. Unfortunately for KD, a bruise to your quad can be very uncomfortable and very painful. If you use that muscle, it gets painful. At this time, there is no set timeline. With a contusion, it varies from person to person. It is really up to him and how he feels once the pain goes down. Some players may come back in two games, and others may wait two to three weeks because of mobility.”

Kevin Durant and his injury woes

This news will concern Brooklyn Nets fans. Kevin Durant has looked spectacular whenever he has played this season. The problem, however, is that Durant hasn’t played very often. He played well for the first three months of the NBA season. Then, Durant was sidelined due to a thigh strain injury. The Nets didn’t rush Durant back, and he made his return last week, after two months away.

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Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) and forward Kevin Durant (7) rest near the team bench during a timeout against the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

But this weekend, Durant suffered yet another injury setback. These injuries and their frequency is a growing concern in Brooklyn. The Nets signed Durant to a massive deal in order to capitalize on his final championship level year. But if his injuries continue to halt his game time, then the Nets may have to look at offloading him.

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Can Kevin Durant put his injury concerns behind him? Despite the worries around KD’s injury, this latest injury appears to be unrelated to his previous ones. However, the Nets medical staff will want to look at Durant’s physique, and why he is so prone to injuries lately.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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