Reports: OKC Thunder’s Kevin Durant will not play against Lakers Friday

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UPDATE 12/19/14 at 4:41

OKLAHOMA CITY– Kevin Durant will NOT play in the game tonight against the Lakers, according to SportsCenter.

After a right ankle sprain last night, the Thunder forward says he is dealing with the injury “one day at a time.”

UPDATE: After an Oklahoma City Thunder superstar was forced to miss the second half of Thursday night’s game, sports analysts say he may be out for more than just a half.

Kevin Durant had the best first half of his career before tripping over the foot of Marreese Speights and having to be helped to the locker room.

Durant underwent x-rays, which were negative.

However, the team says he suffered a right ankle sprain.

According to Yahoo, a source confirmed that Durant would be a game-time decision against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.

https://twitter.com/SpearsNBAYahoo/status/545995891874598912

Tipoff is set for 9:30 p.m.

ESPN says that Kevin Durant told reporters that he is going to take things “a day at a time” after suffering a second injury this season.

 

OAKLAND, Calif. – Thunder all-star Kevin Durant sprained his right ankle and missed the entire 2nd half in Golden State’s 114-109 victory over Oklahoma City in NBA play Thursday night in California.

Ironically, last year’s league MVP had the best 1st half of his entire career, with 30 points on 10-13 shooting before stepping on the foot of Golden State center Marreese Speights late in the half and having to be helped to the locker room at the break. Durant did not come out for the final half and multiple reports late in the 3rd quarter finally said he underwent x-rays in the Thunder locker room, which were negative, but that he would not return with a right ankle sprain.

In the game, the Thunder was unbelievable shooting the ball to take a 40-32 lead after a crazy opening period. Durant had 16 points right off the bat and the Thunder had reached the 30-point mark as a team with 5-minutes to play in the 1st quarter. But Golden State, led by their “Splash Brothers” Steffen Curry and Klay Thompson more than made up the difference in a 33 point 2nd period for the Warriors as Golden State took a 65-63 lead at intermission.

The Thunder was clearly off it’s game without Durant in the 3rd quarter, but managed to hang in there behind Russell Westbrook’s scoring. The all-star point guard led OKC in scoring with 33 points, but it took him 30 shots to get there. Late in the game, with the Thunder trailing by a single point, Reggie Jackson and Westbrook each rushed 3-point attempts, Golden State came down and converted both times then the Warriors Draymond Green got a follow shot inside and Golden State had a 7-point lead as the sellout home crowd roared it’s approval.

Curry led all scorers with 34 points as well as a season-high 9 assists, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Thompson had 19 points for Golden State while Andre Roberson recorded his first “double-double” of his NBA career for the Thunder with 10 points and 12 rebounds. The loss ended the Thunder’s 7-game winning streak as Golden State started a new streak after having their 16-game win streak snapped earlier this week in a loss at Memphis.

Next up for the Thunder, a 9:30pm Friday night game in Los Angeles against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers at the Staples Center. OKC falls to 12-14 on the season. Golden State is now a sizzling 22-3.

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