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Kevin Durant upgraded to 'game-time decision'

Posted on: March 4, 2011 2:27 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Kevin Durant took part in Oklahoma City's shootaround in Atlanta Friday and had his status upgraded from doubtful to a game-time decision. He told reporters after that he felt good enough to play.

Durant injured his left ankle against the Pacers Wednesday after stepping on Tyler Hansbrough's foot and spraining it. Durant didn't practice Thursday but participated in every drill Friday and didn't experience any setbacks. He's going to continue to ice it and if things keep improving, he may be able to go.

Unless Durant is 100 percent ready, the Thunder will likely hold him out. The game isn't that important as it's just the beginning of March and there's no reason to chance any further injury. But if Durant is healthy, there won't be much stopping him.

“He's a competitive guy like we all are,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks told reporters on Thursday. “He doesn't like to miss games, but we're going to do what's best for Kevin.”

Durant sprained his left ankle earlier in the season, causing him to miss two games. The Thunder went 2-0 without him with wins in Milwaukee and Boston. If Durant is unable to go Friday night, James Harden will likely start in his place with Thabo Sefolosha sliding over to small forward.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2011 3:30 pm

Kevin Durant upgraded to 'game-time decision'

The winner of our division will have the four seed.  Neither of us are catching the Spurs, Mavericks, or Lakers for the three seed.  Winning the division is critical, however, as home court against New Orleans, you guys or Portland is crucial to winning a series before playing San Antonio or Dallas.  With the addition of Perkins, I believe we could give Dallas, San Antonio or the Lakers a six or seven game series now.

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2011 2:56 pm

Kevin Durant upgraded to 'game-time decision'

As a Nuggets fan I want to see Kevin Durant sit and give the Pacers a better shot to knock off the Thunder.  Sure it's not a game that is particularly important except that the Thunder only have a two game lead on a playoff spot that will probably be the difference between having the third spot and getting to play the sixth seed or having the fifth spot and having to play against a Spurs or the Mavericks team that has home court advantage.  If the Nuggets are going to take the spot I would like to see them earn it though, so hopefully Kevin is back on the court ASAP.

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