Author: Kurt Helin

Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors

Kevin Durant turns ankle, leaves game not to return; X-rays negative.


Sure, the Oklahoma City Thunder are almost all the way back into the playoff picture in the West, but they can’t afford another injury if they have dreams of being anything but an eight seed.

So that video above is scary.

Kevin Durant drove the lane Thursday night against the Warriors and just rolled his ankle. It’s pretty nasty and he left the game not to return, however X-rays were negative and the team described the sprain as “mild,” reports Royce Young of ESPN. There is currently no estimate on how many games he might miss.

What sucks about this was Durant was having a legendary game — he had 30 first-half points on 10-of-13 shooting. We as fans were robbed of seeing what he might have done.



PBT Extra: Jabari Parker’s injury, what does it mean for Bucks, Rookie of Year race?

Jabari Parker

Let’s be honest here: This much hyped NBA rookie class has been the biggest disappointment of the NBA season. Injuries and guys who are going to take a few years to learn then polish their skills to go with that athleticism have made it look pale compared to the pre-draft hype (which had cooled some from the year before the draft hype).

The brightest spot in this class so far? Easily Jabari Parker. But now he is lost for the season with a torn ACL. Ugh.

In the latest PBT Extra Jenna Corrado and I discuss what this means for the Milwaukee Bucks, both long term and the rest of this season.

Also, what does it mean for the Rookie of the Year race? It means it’s not very exciting, frankly.


Andrew Bogut undergoes PRP therapy on knee, out indefinitely

Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors - Game Six

The answer to the question “Can the Warriors sustain this level and win an NBA title?” should always be answered “Yes, providing Andrew Bogut is healthy for the playoff run.”

Which is why this news is scary for the Warriors.

Bogut, the Warriors starting center, has had platelet rich plasma therapy on right knee and is out indefinitely, as reported by Monte Poole of and announced by the team Thursday.

Prior to Tuesday’s game in Memphis, Andrew Bogut revealed to reporters he was diagnosed with chondromalacia, more commonly known as “runner’s knee.”

Both the team doctors and Bogut’s personal doctor from his native Australia were supportive of this action, according to the team.

“We fully support Andrew in his decision to undergo the PRP treatment,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers said in a released statement reported by Poole. “Our number one concern is that Andrew is 100 percent healthy and we will continue to support him in any way to make that happen.”

Bogut averages 7.1 points and 9.3 rebounds a game, but his impact is much larger than that — Golden State is 15.7 points per 100 possessions better when Bogut is on the court. That is spread between both offense and defense — his rim protection in the paint is huge on defense, while on offense his passing is key to the Warriors moving the ball strong to weak quickly.

Or look at it this way: The Warriors starting five of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green and Bogut are a ridiculous +27.8 points per 100 possessions when on the court. They own teams. Switch out Festus Ezeli for Bogut — as the Warriors have done recently — and that unit outscores teams by +.8 per 100 possessions. They basically play teams even.

Which is why the Warriors should be patient with Bogut and his return. They don’t need him on Christmas day or even in January, the Warriors will make the playoffs just fine without him. But if they want to go deep in the postseason they need him back.