Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant missed his fourth straight game on Thursday due to what the reigning MVP is calling a “bad ankle sprain.” Durant sustained the injury prior to halftime of OKC’s 109-114 loss to the Golden State Warriors on December 18th, and he has been labeled day-to-day ever since. Durant spoke to Darnell Mayberry of NewsOK.com regarding the ailment, and told him that “I can’t walk.”
Q: What’s going on with the ankle?
A: I can’t play basketball. I can’t run. I can’t cut. I can’t jump. I’m not just sitting out just because. If I could play I would play. But I can’t play.
Q: On a scale of one to 10, how bad would you say it is?
A: I don’t really know. I just know that I can’t really do what I want to do. I can’t cut. I can’t move. I can’t run. So if I would just go out there and force it I would be terrible. I wouldn’t be able to help my team out. It hurts.
When asked if we could expect a return anytime soon, Durant responded with “I don’t know. It’s day-by-day man.” Unfortunately for Durant, the ankle injury is to the same foot he underwent surgery on prior to the season. Durant suffered a Jones fracture in his right foot on October 12th, and was forced to miss the Thunder’s first 17 games of the season.
Q: It’s been announced as a mild ankle sprain, but now with you missing your fourth game people are getting a little concerned that maybe it’s something more than a mild sprain. Do you feel like it’s more than a mild sprain? You’ve suffered sprains in the past. How is this different than what you’ve felt in the past?
A: I mean, it hurts. I don’t want to throw anybody under the bus. But it’s not worse than what’s happened before. It’s not like I might have surgery or my foot is messed up. It’s just I have a bad ankle sprain and it’s the same foot that I had surgery on so it’s kind of lingering over the top of the foot a little bit. So it’s hurt.
Durant has appeared in nine games for the Thunder this year, and has averaged 22.4 points, 5 rebounds and 3.6 assists in those contests. Oklahoma City will host the Charlotte Hornets on Friday before traveling to Dallas on Sunday to take on the Mavericks