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.