Durant's injury occurred when Pachulia fell backwards into him, sliding into Durant's knee. Then, he had a conversation with team trainers before heading to the locker room, limping a little, and did not return. NBA MVP Stephen Curry led the scoring for the Warriors with 25 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
As frustrating as the injury is for Durant, the rest he will receive will benefit the Warriors come playoff time. Points allowed could likely increase as Durant provided a solid defense to go with his offensive prowess. We just need to understand that early in games, when we have new rotations, we can not take our foot off the gas pedal.
Last April, not long after they'd become the first team in league history to win 73 regular season games, Steph Curry went down with ankle and knee injuries in the first round against the Houston Rockets that ultimately proved too much to overcome.
But the NBA-leading Warriors took another hit when their league-record regular-season streak without consecutive losses ended at 146 games.
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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 24: National Basketball Association player Kevin Durant attends the game between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium on September 24, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. I'm at a loss for words right now, next to the birth of my children this is the happiest day of my life! The Warriors managed to keep Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston while adding useful bodies in David West and Zaza Pachulia, but the end of their bench is made up of several young, unproven players.
Calderon was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Warriors quickly picked him up.
This was Durant's first game in the nation's capital since signing with the Warriors; the Wizards - and their fans - had hoped to try to sign him as a free agent last offseason.
The Warriors will attempt to avoid losing three straight losses Sunday when they travel to NY to play the Knicks. The All-Star forward did not return to the game and is scheduled to have an MRI.