Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks revealed this week that Kevin Durant underwent a re-evaluation and is still a fortnight away from a return.
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Durant suffered a setback in his surgically repaired foot against the Dallas Mavericks back on February 19 and underwent a second procedure a few days later.
The 26-year-old was expected to be re-evaluated this week and while there are no issues, he is still understood to be two weeks away from making a return.
The reigning MVP participated in some portions of practice last week including 3-on-3 games, but coach Brooks noted that it doesn’t necessarily mean that he is close to making his comeback to competitive action.
“Kevin Durant was evaluated today and is expected to return to play in a week to two weeks, Brooks announces,” NBA.com reported on Wednesday.
OKC (36-29) are struggling to secure their playoff spot without Durant, as they currently sit outside the top eight in the Western Conference on percentage points behind the New Orleans Pelicans.
Despite the best efforts of Russell Westbrook who has transformed into a triple-double machine in the absence of his star forward, the Thunder are struggling for consistency and have gone 6-4 over their last 10 games.
With Durant set to miss a key stretch of the schedule and return in time for the final week or so of the regular season, it appears as though it will be on Westbrook’s shoulders to carry the team into the post-season.
It also asks the question as to whether or not Brooks will struggle to re-integrate Durant again as despite his obvious talent, it won’t be easy for the team to continuously adjust with their star player regularly coming in and going out of the line-up.