He won’t be returning quickly.
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) today that confirmed he has a strained left hamstring that he sustained during the second quarter of last night’s 125-101 victory at Washington, the team announced today. Durant will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days at which time a further update will be provided.
Oklahoma’s schedule the next 10 days:
- Nov. 13: vs. 76ers
- Nov. 15: vs. Celtics
- Nov. 16: at Grizzlies
- Nov. 18: vs. Pelicans
- Nov. 20: vs. Knicks
All things considered, that’s not a very rough stretch. Russell Westbrook can step up as a go-to player, and Serge Ibaka leads a deep supporting cast. The biggest immediate concern is the unreliability of the wings – Kyle Singler, Dion Waiters – who will see bigger roles.
But long-term, it’s still questionable how much time Durant will miss. The Thunder aren’t saying he’ll return in 7-10 days, just that he’ll be reevaluated then. Hamstring injuries can linger, and they should allow him time to get fully healthy. Just realize that could take a while.