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.