Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant faces a frustrating wait as he was held out of practice on Thursday due to soreness in his surgically repaired foot.
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Durant returned to parts of practice five days ago, but it was a short-lived return as he was forced to sit out as the Thunder take a cautious approach with the MVP over his health.
Coach Scott Brooks ruled him out of Friday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, and it remains to be seen whether or not Durant is still on course with his timetable of being able to make a comeback in “a week or two” which was set eight days ago.
“Experiencing a little bit of soreness,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said, according to ESPN.
“That’s expected. We have some peaks and valleys, and we always have a cautious approach, so today he didn’t do anything.”
Brooks stopped short of labelling it a setback, and repeated that it was just soreness when questioned again by the media over whether or not he expects the 26-year-old to be out longer.
Durant underwent surgery on February 23 in order to alleviate soreness and discomfort in his foot that was being caused by a screw that was inserted in October in a procedure to repair a Jones fracture.
The reigning league MVP has been re-evaluated on a weekly basis in recent weeks but it appears as though his comeback will be put on hold as OKC continue to battle for a spot in the playoffs.
The Thunder (38-30) currently sit a game ahead of the New Orleans Pelicans for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West with just 14 games remaining in the regular season.
In 27 games games this season, Durant is averaging 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists. However, it remains to be seen if he can feature again particularly if the Thunder don’t make the post-season.