OKC insist league MVP is expected to return during regular season…
Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant has been sidelined again after undergoing a procedure to help reduce pain and discomfort in his surgically repaired right foot.
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General manager Sam Presti revealed details of the procedure on Sunday, and told reporters that it was a minor procedure aimed at reducing the discomfort that Durant was feeling.
The OKC star will be re-evaluated in a week, but the front office are expecting him to return during the regular season as the team continues to push on and secure their playoff spot.
Durant underwent surgery in October last year to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot, and while that aspect of the issue is healing well, a screw inserted in his fifth metatarsal was rubbing against another bone which had been causing him pain.
As a result, to help reduce that pain he had an additional screw inserted into his foot which will hopefully fix the issue and allow the reigning NBA MVP to play without discomfort moving forward.
“There’s no new injury that’s been created,” Presti was quoted by ESPN.
“It’s just a matter of discomfort.
“Most important to note here is the initial injury is progressing as anticipated and now what we’re waiting to see is how the soreness is able to be accommodated. We do anticipate him being able to play during the regular season and then move forward.”
Durant missed his 29th game of the season on Sunday after missing only 16 in total in his first seven years in the league. Having averaged 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 27 games this season, he will be missed by his teammates but point guard Russell Westbrook will look to lead them and help improve on their 31-25 record this season.