Durant suffered the injury in the second quarter of Wednesday’s 117-106 victory over the Lakers. He was initially ruled out of Friday’s contest against the Kings before an MRI revealed the damage to his rib.
The 29-year-old is no stranger to late-season injuries as a member of the Warriors. Last March, an MCL sprain and a tibial bone bruise sidelined Durant for the last 19 games of the 2016/17 season. He returned in time for the playoffs and the Warriors hope he can do the same this season.
In 60 games this season, the former Most Valuable Player has averaged 26.6 PPG, 6.8 RPG, and 5.4 APG.
All of the sudden, Golden State’s three-headed monster of Durant, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson is sidelined. Curry (ankle) and Thompson (thumb) were already on the shelf before Durant’s injury and now the Warriors — who occupy second place in the Western Conference — are hobbling to the finish line.