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Oklahoma City Thunder star forward Kevin Durant will play on Friday night, February 6th against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Durant has missed four of the last five games with a sprained toe suffered against the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 25.

Durant said he landed oddly on his foot late in the game against Cleveland and it felt like he had injured the toe.

He played against Memphis on January 31, but said on Friday he should not have played in that game because he wasn't ready yet.

Durant said the injury was immediately painful, unlike his fractured foot he suffered in the preseason which required him to miss the first 17 games of the season.

Durant later missed six games with a sprained right ankle.

He did not make the trip with the Thunder when they played at New Orleans on Wednesday night, and he said the rest helped him to get ready for Friday's home game with the Pelicans.

Durant texted several of his teammates before the road game with the Pelicans, including Russell Westbrook, encouraging him to be the team leader.

Westbrook responded by tying his career high with 45 points.

Friday was also the first time Durant has spoken to the media since being named to his sixth NBA All-Star Game.

Durant said he was surprised he was named to the team due to the amount of games he has missed.

He said he has not decided if he will play in the All-Star Game or use the time off to rest up.

Durant went through most of the team's shoot-around and says he's ready to go when OKC tips off against New Orleans at 7:00 at Chesapeake Arena.

The Thunder beat the Pelicans 102-91 on Wednesday night, ending the game on a 13-0 run.