After spraining his ankle against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday, Golden State forward Kevin Durant will not play against the Thunder tonight, according to Warriors head coach Steve Kerr.
The injury occurred midway through the 4th quarter against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday on this play:
After sitting out since the injury, he had a pretty good practice yesterday and was expected to play tonight. Kerr decided he could use a little extra rest on the team’s current four-game road trip:
This is the final matchup of the season between the two teams, and all 3 games have had at least one key player out due to injury. In the first matchup of the year in Oakland on opening night, an 8-point loss for the Thunder, Russell Westbrook was out with a knee injury. In the second meeting in Oakland, a 28-point victory for the Thunder in November, Steph Curry was out, and DeMarcus Cousins had not yet joined the lineup.
Regardless of who is missing, both teams have a wealth of talent, and the Warriors especially have other All-Stars they can fall back on. The game will go on, and the Thunder needs to take every chance they can to exploit the Warriors missing their 2-time Finals MVP.
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