After missing 10 games, Kevin Durant will finally make his Suns home debut on Wednesday against the Timberwolves. Durant suffered a sprained ankle during pregame warmups on March 8th. He attempted to go for a layup but slipped and fell awkwardly.
While there isn’t an official update from the team. Suns head coach Monty Willams will test him out before he can give him the green light. After Tuesday’s practice revealed the team’s plan for Durant stating; “I always use the term checking the boxes,” Williams’ said of Durant’s Suns recovery. “You have to get the pain and swelling out and all of that and then you progress onto the floor with shots. And I’ve seen him go from cardio to shooting to be able to get up and down a little bit and get himself prepared to go to the next level.” It seems like if all things go according to plan, things should be good to go.
Before the ankle sprain, Durant was dealing with a right knee MCL sprain. He missed two weeks and did not participate in the All-Star game. Even though he was dealt during the trade deadline, he didn’t play his first game with the Suns until March 1st in Charlotte. He only played three games until the ankle injury happened. However, It’s not the same leg as the MCL sprain. Durant won all three games averaging 26.7 points and shot 69% from the field.
His teammates are excited to have their best player return just in time for the late-season stretch. DeAndre Ayton when he heard the news had this to say:
The Durant Suns are four and six in their last 10 games with losses to the Thunder and the Lebron-less Lakers. They currently sit as the fourth seed in the west but are a game and a half from the play-in. On paper, they are title contenders. But the key factor is health, as it’s essential to keep your star players fresh during an 82-game regular season for the playoffs push. With Durant’s injury history, it’s a top priority for the Suns as they gave away all their assets for him. Will see if they build enough chemistry for another title run in Phoenix.
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