Kevin Durant won’t be out much longer with his ankle injury.
After Durant missed the Golden State Warriors‘ 106-104 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night, head coach Steve Kerr provided an update regarding his star player’s return, saying he expects him back during the team’s four-game road trip.
Durant initially suffered the ankle injury midway through the fourth quarter of Golden State’s 115-112 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night.
Mark Medina of the Mercury News summarized how Durant suffered his right ankle ailment.
“Durant suffered the injury during a 115-112 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday at Oracle Arena. Durant landed awkwardly on his right ankle after attempting to throw the ball through a double team. He stayed on the floor, but eventually stood up on his own. Durant then walked to the locker room without needing any assistance with 6:34 left in the game.”
The Warriors’ four-game road trip includes games against the Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves. The game against OKC will take place on Saturday while the matchup vs. the Timberwolves is on Tuesday. That basically means Durant could return any time between Saturday and Tuesday.
Following Golden State’s victory over Houston, the Warriors now hold a 4.5 game lead over the third-seeded Houston Rockets and a 1.5 game lead over the second-seeded Denver Nuggets.
Although the Warriors have certainly gone through their struggles as of late — they’ve lost six of their past 11 games — they’re in no sense of urgency to rush Durant back from his injury.
The 30-year-old veteran has averaged 27.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.2 blocks per game this season.