Kevin Durant out 7-10 days until re-evaluation

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Kevin Durant left the Thunder’s win over the Wizards last night with a strained hamstring.

He won’t be returning quickly.

Thunder release:

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.