OKC Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant's status for Saturday's game in Philadelphia unknown

Durant sat out win at Boston, but he did participate in the morning shoot around.
by Anthony Slater Published: January 24, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant watches his team's NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics during the first quarter in Boston, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. Durant did not start in the game. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant watches his team's NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics during the first quarter in Boston, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. Durant did not start in the game. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

After sitting out Friday's game in Boston, Kevin Durant's status for Saturday against the Sixers remains in question

 

“We'll worry about Philadelphia tomorrow,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said before the Celtics game in Boston.

 

Moving forward, the right shoulder injury, which Durant suffered on a dunk attempt in San Antonio, doesn't look like a long-term issue.

 

After talking to the media on Friday morning, Durant was even seen firing up some shots.

 

But Brooks and the Thunder are taking an understandably cautious approach.

 

“It's the best thing for him,” Brooks said. “Until he's ready to play, he's not going to play, regardless of how he feels and what he wants to do. It's a medical decision.”

 

PERKINS WITH ENCOURAGING WORDS FOR RONDO

 

There was plenty of star power sidelined on Friday in Boston, but Celtics guard Rajon Rondo wasn't among them.

 

Playing in his fourth game since returning from an ACL tear, Rondo had five points and eight assists in 22 minutes.

 

And before the game, Kendrick Perkins, Rondo's former teammate and one of his best friends, shared how tough of a process it was for Rondo to get back.

 

Perkins said during the recovery, Rondo would call him on a near daily basis, asking advice from the Thunder big man who also tore an ACL in 2010.

 

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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