This is about as freaky of an injury as one could possibly get in the NBA. Kevin Durant was set to make his home debut against the Oklahoma City Thunder after being traded to the Phoenix Suns; however, the star Forward suffered a freaky left ankle injury during warm-ups. The Suns still put a dominant showing on the court in spite of losing Durant. Finishing the game with a 132-101 final score.
Durant reportedly was later seen leaving the building in a walking boot. Not a good sign if that’s the case. Additionally, the nature of the injury is said to be a grade 2 strain. The fear within the Suns organization is that this injury will knock him out for the remainder of the regular season. Might even miss the start of the NBA Playoffs, as well.
If you’re a Suns fan, you’re praying with everything in you that he is back for the start of the playoffs. Keep in mind, the Suns gave up a lot to get this man. In addition to trading three players, including forward Mikal Bridges, they gave up four unprotected future first-round picks. The level of expectation for the Suns now, with this three-headed monster of Durant / Booker / Paul, is nothing short of winning the NBA Finals.
The Suns were 3-0 when Durant was in the lineup, according to Greg Moore of AZCentral. The crazy part is, the man just got back. He returned on March 1st after missing 20 games with a knee injury. It’s starting to look like Durant’s body is reaching its limit and is slowly breaking down on him.
The next stretch of games does not look good for the Suns. Their next stretch of opponents includes the Kings, Warriors, Bucks, Magic, Thunder, and Lakers. The Lakers looking like they’re starting to piece things together, slowly but surely, thanks to Anthony Davis.
Prayers out for Durant, hopefully, he doesn’t miss the start of the postseason.
Kevin Durant took a fall while warming up for his first home game with the Suns 😳
He got up after. pic.twitter.com/J8SGlVQahj
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