OKC Thunder's Kevin Durant doubtful for Friday's game vs. Atlanta

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: March 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm •  Published: March 3, 2011

One major reason for optimism was Durant's ankle didn't swell severely Wednesday night after the game. For now, Durant said he will continue to treat the injury with ice and pressure sleeves.

“I've twisted my ankle so many times so I kind of know the timetable,” Durant said. “I give it a couple of days. It's been one already. So hopefully by tomorrow at 7:30 it's all right.”

This is at least the fourth time this season that Durant has dealt with ankle issues. Durant missed two games in mid-November, wins at Boston and Milwaukee, because of a sprained left ankle. He also rolled his left ankle at Sacramento on Feb. 12 and rolled his right ankle at San Antonio on Feb. 23.

But even if Durant is unable to go Friday, he said he doubts he'll miss extended time and doesn't think the injury will linger the rest of the year.

Brooks said he would start second-year shooting guard James Harden in Durant's place Friday if Durant does have to sit out.

“But we have some options there,” Brooks said. “I like what James has been doing. But we don't know until tomorrow.”

Harden has started five games this season, averaging 11 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 33.4 minutes as a starter.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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Thunder at Hawks

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Philips Arena

TV: FS Oklahoma (Cox 37, HD Ch. 722)

Radio: WWLS 98.1-FM, WWLS 640-AM

THREE THINGS TO KNOW

* Thunder forward Kevin Durant is doubtful for tonight's game with a sprained left ankle. Hawks forward Josh Smith is doubtful with a sore right knee.

* The Thunder is 16-13 on the road, one of only four teams in the Western Conference that own a winning road record.

* Atlanta added point guard Kirk Hinrich via trade with Washington last week, sending Mike Bibby to the Wizards.

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