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.
“He seemed a little nervous, a little scared, every little thing was bothering him, stuff like that,” Perkins said. “I told him there was nothing wrong with him. I had to tell him once he steps on the court, everything else go out the window.”
KD NOT IMPRESSED WITH OWN STREAK
Despite missing Friday's game, Durant is in the midst of the greatest scoring stretch of his young but already prolific career.
Thirty-plus points in nine straight games. Averaging 36.9 in the 12 games this month. The stats go on and on.
Across the nation, everybody has noticed. And even those closest to Durant, the supremely skilled forward who has been racking up points since his grade school days, know he's in the middle of a special run.
“Yeah, after every game I've been getting 30 to 40 texts,” Durant admitted.
But of course, Durant, always the politician, says he is not overly impressed with his recent stretch, instead ushering the spotlight to some other legends.
“I've seen Kobe Bryant score 40 points in nine straight games,” Durant said. “Michael Jordan have 11 triple-doubles in 12 games. LeBron James have a month when he's averaging 35 points. So those guys, that's something to write home about.”
What about your streak? Is it something to write home about?
“No, not at all,” he deadpanned.
The Thunder has an overnight flight to Philadelphia, with a game against the Sixers set for 6:30 Saturday night. OKC then comes home for a Monday game against the Atlanta Hawks before traveling to Miami next Wednesday for a date with the defending champ.