Spurs coach Gregg Popovich lamented the injury to Golden State All-Star forward Kevin Durant when he was asked about it before the Silver and Black’s home game Wednesday night against the Indiana Pacers.
“Something like that is always awful,” Popovich said. “Nobody wishes that on anybody. Coming down the stretch, everybody wants to be healthy, No. 1 priority. Going into it, no matter what happens in the playoffs, no matter who plays who, everybody wants to play full teams.
“It’s got to be meaningful. To see somebody go down like that – anybody you hate to see it – but somebody that’s that important, it’s just really unfortunate. You continue to play. You’ve got no choice, but you just hate to see it.”
Durant left the Warriors’ game against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night in the first quarter after teammate Zaza Pachulia fell on his left knee. Durant was diagnosed with a Grade 2, or moderate, MCL sprain and a bruised tibia.
The Warriors have not established a timetable for Durant’s return, but they said he would be re-evaluated in four weeks. The club also said Durant could come back to play before the end of the regular season.
Washington beat Golden State 112-108, dropping the Warriors to 50-10. Golden State, which has the best record in the NBA, leads the Spurs (45-13) by four games in the Western Conference standings.
The Spurs are 1-0 against Golden State this season, routing the Warriors 129-100 in their season opener on Oct. 25. The Silver and Black play Golden State two more times in the regular season, on March 11 and March 29, with both games scheduled for the AT&T Center.
Durant is averaging 25.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists this season. He has led the league in scoring four times in his career.