Kevin Durant missed the first 17 games of the season after suffering a Jones fracture in his right foot during training camp. Durant has also missed an additional 11 games due to foot soreness stemming from the fracture. Yesterday afternoon, the Thunder announced that Durant will be out at least one week due to soreness in that very right foot. Michael Lee of the Washington Post reported the injury:
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) February 23, 2015
As well as Marc Stein:
OKC announces Kevin Durant to miss at least one week w/soreness in right foot. Will take extended look at irritation caused by screw in foot
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 22, 2015
This isn’t the best situation for the Thunder. They still have one of the best point guards in the league in Russell Westbrook to carry the load, as well as an improved bench from the trades they have made this season. The teams in the Western Conference that are battling for the eighth seed are losing some of their best players, with the likes of Anthony Davis being out for one to two weeks and the Suns trading Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas. The Thunder will have two important matchups during the time Durant is supposed to be missing, including a game against the Phoenix Suns this Thursday, whom they 1.5 game lead over for the eighth seed.