Kevin Durant out against Trail Blazers

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The Thunder are 1-2 since Kevin Durant’s ankle injury.

They lost to the Warriors in the game Durant left, beat the Lakers without Durant and lost to the Pelicans without him too.

Now, they’ll again have to compete without him.

Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman:

The 13-15 Thunder are 10th in the Western Conference, as close to 12th-place Denver as they are to eighth-place New Orleans. Obviously, Oklahoma City is a much different team with Durant, but its margin for error is only decreasing while he sits.

After the Trail Blazers, who are a relatively quiet 22-7, the Thunder visit the defending-champion Spurs on Christmas. The West is a gauntlet, and Oklahoma City needs Durant back sooner than later to stay comfortably afloat in the playoff race.