Kevin Durant will miss Saturday night’s contest against the Hornets due to soreness in his right foot, reporters were told at the morning shootaround.
From Royce Young of ESPN.com:
The Thunder maintain the injury is nothing but soreness and there’s no concern of a more serious issue. Durant has undergone consistent imaging throughout the season, and all tests have remained clean.
“He’s not at risk,” Thunder general manager Sam Presti said. “He’s just sore.”
The continued soreness is what caused Steve Kerr to start LaMarcus Aldridge over Durant in last weekend’s All-Star game, where Durant played less than 10 minutes — fewer than any other player on the Western Conference roster.
Durant suited up for his team’s first game after the All-Star break, but was just 4-of-14 from the field and finished with 12 points in 37 minutes of action.
If the foot is still sore to the point where he’s missing regular season games because of it, Durant probably shouldn’t have played in the midseason exhibition at all — especially with his team still fighting just to make the postseason.
Oklahoma City is currently a half-game up on Phoenix for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. This will be the 28th game Durant has missed to this point of the season.