UPDATE Dec. 21, 12:45 pm: Turns out the early reports were premature. The official status of Kevin Durant is he is a game time decision for Sunday night against the Pelicans. It likely will not be until Scott Brooks speaks to the media pregame that we will know his status.
If the ankle is bothering him at all the Thunder should rest him — this is December, not the playoffs. That said he may be fine. I saw him walking at Staples Center Friday night before he sat out the game vs. the Lakers and he showed little if any limp in his walk then.
Dec. 21, 9:30 am: That play happened just before halftime last Thursday night and the Thunder understandably want to be cautious here — once an ankle ligament is stretched out in a sprain a player is more susceptible to aggravating or worsening the problem until it fully heals. The Thunder want to get this right, not have it become a lingering thing.
So Durant will sit out his second game in a row Sunday night, this one in New Orleans reports the Times Picayune.
The Thunder won Friday night without Durant in a close one with the Lakers. They’re going to need to play better here, the Lakers don’t have anyone who causes near the problems that Anthony Davis does.