Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant is day-to-day after he sprained his right ankle in the first quarter against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night. Durant, the NBA’s fourth-leading scorer was on crutches and wearing a protective boot as he was leaving the arena. He did not speak to reporters after the Thunder lost 110-108 in overtime.
X-rays on Durant’s ankle came back negative. He finished with a season-low six points.
“I don’t know how long he will be out,” Oklahoma City interim coach Scott Brooks said.
Replays showed Durant stepping on Dallas forward Josh Howard’s foot while drawing a foul with 7:13 left in the quarter. He remained in the game for about three more minutes before walking off the court with a slight limp. Trainers examined Durant on the bench before he headed for the dressing room.
Durant, who averages just more than 26 points per game, had scored at least 30 points in nine of his last 10 games. He trails only Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant in scoring.
I doubt he will play Saturday against Memphis out of smartness, but fortunately, it doesn’t seem serious at all. Sucks that KD got just six when he was well on his way to another 20-point game giving him 13 straight, an NBA season high.