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Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant will make his season debut against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night after recovering from injury.
Coach Scott Brooks confirmed the news to the media on Tuesday morning according to the Oklahoman, with Durant set to make his first appearance since sustaining a foot fracture.
Durant has been sidelined for the first 17 games of the season due to the fracture that he picked up during pre-season, and after initially being ruled out for up to eight weeks he will make his comeback just over six weeks after surgery.
The Thunder have gone 5-12 in his absence to leave them well off the playoff pace in the Western Conference, but with point guard Russell Westbrook also returning from injury coach Scott Brooks will be delighted with the boost they will provide the team.
Westbrook suffered a broken hand in just the second game of the season to leave the Thunder severely short-handed through the opening month or so of the season, but they will still be confident of their chances of making the playoffs.
It has been noted that Oklahoma City will have to go 44-21 through the remainder of the year in order to reach 49 wins which was the cut-off point for the playoffs in the West last season.
With the competitiveness remaining the same, they will be targeting one of the last few spots in the more immediate future, but depending on what pace they are able to win at they could be amongst the top pack in the New Year.
Nevertheless, OKC fans will merely be delighted to have their star pair back on the court and it is hoped that they will avoid any setbacks after such lengthy layoffs.