Nets’ Durant progressing, out two more weeks

    Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined for its launch in April 2009.

Brooklyn Nets star forward Kevin Durant will be out at least two more weeks as he continues rehabbing an MCL injury in his right knee, the team announced Tuesday.

The Nets noted in a statement that Durant is “progressing well” in his recovery after being reevaluated on Monday by Dr. Riley Williams III at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Durant is expected to start running again and participate in on-court basketball activities this week.

Durant initially suffered the injury during a 102-101 win over the Miami Heat on Jan. 8 when Heat swingman Jimmy Butler accidentally fell into his knee. The Nets immediately went on a four game losing streak without Durant but have won their last two games over the Utah Jazz and Golden State Warriors.

Kyrie Irving has picked up the slack in Durant’s absence, racking up 116 points, 25 rebounds, 22 assists and eight steals over his last three games,

The Nets face the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

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