Dec 19, 2014 11:25 AM EST
Kevin Durant scored 30 points in the first half before suffering a mild right ankle sprain in the closing seconds.
Durant stepped on Marreese Speights' foot and rolled his ankle while driving to the basket. Durant was called for a charge.
"I was a little nervous," said Durant. "But I knew when I got up and started walking it felt good. So I just wanted to make sure with the X-rays everything was good."
Durant had X-rays as a precaution, and results were negative. Durant hopes to not miss any games.
"I don't know. I'm going to just take it a day at a time. Tomorrow morning we'll see how it reacts and go from there," he said. "I hope [to play]. That's the plan. But we'll see."
Durant said he felt like he could have returned to the game in the second half but was advised to sit.
"They had to convince me not to play," he said. "It was the foot I had surgery. I wanted to play, I wanted to go back out there, but they just wanted to be cautious.
"It shouldn't be [serious]. Just a sprained ankle. But when you sprain an ankle with the injury I had, it puts more pressure on that side of the foot."
Dec 17, 2014 3:38 PM EST
Mitch McGary will miss the next 2-3 weeks with periostitis (inflammation) in his left tibia.
It's not expected to be a serious injury, but McGary's court activity will be lowered as a treatment.
McGary made his NBA debut on Sunday, scoring three points and grabbing four rebounds in six brief minutes against the Suns on Sunday.
Dec 16, 2014 11:33 PM EST
Kevin Durant refuted the notion that players around the NBA don't want to play with Kobe Bryant.
"Excuse my language, but that's (expletive)," said Durant, who congratulated Bryant via text message after he surpassed Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list on Sunday. "I want to play with a winner every single night, especially somebody who wants to win that bad, who works that hard, who demands a lot, who raises up your level. I'd want to play with a guy like that every day. ... (His style) may make people uncomfortable, how he acts and just how he approaches the game, but I love that type of stuff. I think (the accusation) is BS."
Durant was asked what he most admires about Bryant.
"Just his work ethic, just his demeanor man," Durant said. "He doesn't mind being an (expletive), and he comes to work man. He's intense. He demands a lot out of his teammates, and I've seen that just playing alongside him in the Olympics (in 2012). He demands a lot out of everybody. He makes them better. Everybody out on the court. You've got to respect that. As a player, I study guys like that. We might not have the same personality, but I think we approach the game the same way and I've learned a lot from just watching him."
Dec 12, 2014 11:58 AM EST
The Oklahoma City Thunder have inquired about the availability of Wilson Chandler, according to sources.
Chandler is averaging 14.7 points and 6.3 rebounds this season.
Dec 10, 2014 11:16 AM EST
The Oklahoma City Thunder are only three games back of the eighth seed in the Western Conference and are now 8-13 after a 3-12 start.
The Thunder could be in eighth place in the West as soon as Sunday if they win their next three and the Phoenix Suns lose their next two. The Thunder and Suns play each other on Sunday.
“We still got some time,” Kevin Durant said. “We’re still trying to work some things out. I’m sure a lot of people are expecting us to be back to playoff basketball right now, but we’re just like any other team just trying to continue to just build and keep getting better. It’s going to be tough spots but it’s also going to be some great days as well.”
Dec 02, 2014 10:59 AM EST
Kevin Durant will make his return to the Oklahoma City Thunder lineup on Tuesday at the New Orleans Pelicans.
Durant has been out to start the season after undergoing surgery on his right foot to repair a Jones fracture in mid-October. The typical recovery time is six to eight weeks for this type of injury.
Durant won the 2014 NBA MVP.
Doctors have told Durant that there's only a five percent chance of him breaking the foot again.
Anthony Slater of the Oklahoman reports Durant will be on a minute restriction around 30.
Nov 28, 2014 7:37 PM EST
Kevin Durant said nine weeks ago that he does not pretend to have a crystal ball about his future -- in regard to his 2016 free agency or otherwise.
"I'm taking it day by day with the Oklahoma City Thunder," Durant said then. "That's my main concern."
Durant's return from a foot injury is expected to be soon.
Nov 28, 2014 1:15 PM EST
Russell Westbrook will return to the Oklahoma City Thunder lineup on Friday for their game against the New York Knicks.
Westbrook broke a bone in his right hand in the second game of the Thunder season.
Westbrook has been practicing and taking contact on the court in recent days.
The Thunder have won just four of their first 16 games without Westbrook and Kevin Durant.
Nov 26, 2014 11:44 PM EST
The Oklahoma City Thunder will release Sebastian Telfair with their hardship exception expiring.
The Thunder need to get down to the 15-player maximum roster size.
Oklahoma City will instead keep Ish Smith.
Nov 22, 2014 7:14 PM EST
Serge Ibaka has already tied a career-high for three-point makes and attempts in a season with 23 and 60 respectively.
Ibaka's three-point shooting is expected to continue for the Oklahoma City Thunder after Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant.
“I think it continues,” Scott Brooks said. “He doesn’t necessarily have to live out there and shoot 10 a game. But three or four a game is a good number for him.”
Ibaka is shooting a team-best 38.3 percent from 3-point range — the equivalent of an efficient 1.15 points per shot attempt (or a 57.5 percent 2-point shooter).
“He’s a great shooter,” Brooks said. “He’s not just a great big-man shooter.”
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