On Tuesday night, Kevin Durant left in the first minute of the game against the Washington Wizards with a left knee injury. After having the MRI done the next day, the results showed Durant has a Grade 2 MCL Sprain as well as a tibial bone bruise. These two injuries are going to keep Kevin Durant out indefinitely and he will be reevaluated in four weeks, hopefully seeking a return. This injury comes at a crucial point in the schedule with multiple games against the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets still need to be played in hopes of locking up the number seed for the playoffs in the Western Conference.
In the meantime, the Warriors will need to find someone to hopefully fill part of the void Kevin Durant has left in the starting lineup and in crunch time of games. The Golden State Warriors management quickly reached out to acquire the services of former Warrior, Matt Barnes. Matt Barnes played on the Golden State Warriors from 2006-2008 and was part of the 2007 “We Believe” team that upset the number one seed Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. Matt Barnes was recently released from the Sacramento Kings a few weeks where he was on his second stint with the team. The Warriors will also waive Jose Calderon to make a roster spot for Matt Barnes as the Warriors had just reached an agreement with Calderon a few days prior to the Durant injury. With just six weeks left in the regular season and with Durant most likely not returning until the playoffs start, barring any setbacks, the team is just looking to hang on for dear life to lock up that all important one seed in the Western Conference playoffs and await the return of their superstar. Catch the Golden State Warriors next game as they head to the United Center in Chicago tonight to take on the Chicago Bulls! Tip off is at 5 p.m.PT/8 p.m.ET. on TNT.