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Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is reportedly set to return from injury within the next week as he continues to practice with the team.
The Thunder received a huge boost last week as point guard Russell Westbrook returned from a broken hand and made an immediate impact by scoring 32 points in a key win.
However, OKC are still struggling in terms of the bigger picture and will need to go 44-21 for the rest of the season in order to reach 49 wins which was the cut-off for the playoffs in the Western Conference last year.
It is expected that they will need around the same number this year, and so the return of the reigning league MVP will be exactly what coach Scott Brooks needs as they look to improve on their 5-12 start to the season.
According to Royce Young of ESPN, Brooks confirmed that there has been no change in Durant’s status as of yet, but he is progressing and went through a full practice on Monday.
As a result, that would suggest that Durant is just days away from getting back on the court after successfully recovering from surgery on a fractured foot six weeks ago, while he would be ahead of his timetable which suggested that he could be sidelined for as long as eight weeks.
Should the Thunder win at the pace they did last year and sneak into the playoffs, they will undoubtedly become a real headache for the top seeds in the West in the post-season but it remains to be seen whether or not Durant and Westbrook can continue throughout the regular season without any setbacks.