UPDATE #2 6:24 pm: It is official, Durant is going to sit out the Celtics/Thunder Friday night matchup due to a sprained ankle suffered Wednesday night against the Rockets. An MRI showed no structural damage, but it’s too much to play through. The Oklahoman had a quote from the man.
“After the game, I think it got worse,” said Durant, the league’s leading scorer at 28 points per game. “Maybe I should have come out in the first quarter. But I just wanted to help my team win. And I felt if I was on the floor I was helping my team.”
James Harden will start in Durant’s place against Boston. Durant played in all 82 games for the Thunder last season — their luck with injuries was one of the secrets to them getting 50 wins. Jeff Green also will sit out this one for OKC.
UPDATE 2:58 pm: Durant told Lisa Saulters of ESPN that he is “50/50” for tonight. Which sounds a lot like questionable or game time decision. Phrase it however you wish, the result is the same.
12:32 pm: Two nights ago the Boston Celtics took on a Brandon Roy-less Blazers team, catching one of those breaks of the schedule. Friday night they may pick up another.
Kevin Durant is officially questionable but more likely is out for tonight’s Thunder/Celtics matchup due to a sprained ankle, according to a tweet from Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman. That means James Harden will start in his place. I like James Harden, quality player. He’s no KD.
Jeff Green also is out for the Thunder, with Serge Ibaka starting in his place at the four (which helps the Thunder defense out).
Without those two, it’s Russell Westbrook against the Celtics defense. In hostile Boston Garden. That’s a rough one. Maybe they get a Ewing Theory bump, but a lot of things need to go right for the Thunder now.