March 17, 2018 / 2:32 AM / 6 months ago

Warriors Durant to miss two weeks with rib fracture

(Reuters) - Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant will miss at least two weeks of the NBA season after an MRI on Friday revealed a fractured rib in the latest injury setback for the shorthanded defending champions.

Mar 16, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Kevin Durant (35) addresses the media regarding his incomplete rib cartilage fracture injury before the game between the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The team said the reigning NBA Finals MVP “will be re-evaluated in two weeks,” making it unclear exactly how long the squad will be without the sharpshooting small forward, who leads the team in scoring.

The Warriors are already playing without two-time league MVP Stephen Curry, whose right ankle sprain will keep him sidelined until at least March 20, and All-Star guard Klay Thompson, who is out until at least March 22 with a fractured right thumb.

The Warriors, who currently sit second in the Western Conference, host the Sacramento Kings on Friday in Oakland before taking on the Suns in Phoenix on Saturday.

Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Editing by Ian Ransom

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