If the Thunder are going to make a charge into the playoffs, there are some games coming up that matter more than others. The next two are those kinds of games — a home-and-home against Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans.
They will have to win the first leg of that Wednesday without Kevin Durant.
The reigning MVP has missed three of the last four Thunder games due to a big toe injury and will be out Wednesday night on the road in the Big Easy, reports Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman.
This is not a shock, Durant didn’t practice on Tuesday with the team, but it’s still a blow.
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The Thunder are three games back of the current eight seed in the West, the Phoenix Suns. The Pelicans are the team in between the Thunder and Suns, just one back of Phoenix. If the Thunder plan to jump the Pelicans, these are the games they need.