Well, we knew Jeff Green’s ankle would keep him out for another game. But now Kevin Durant will miss tonight’s game in Boston with an ankle injury of his own.
The official prognosis is a rolled his ankle, an injury that Durant suffered in a game against Houston on Wednesday. He tried to play through it, but was held to a season-low 30 minutes. It is a big blow for a Thunder team that has struggled at times during its 7-4 start, as it now has to play without its leading scorer. It might be an even bigger blow for ESPN, which loses the marquee player of its nationally televised game.
How will the Thunder react without Durant? Well, Russell Westbrook, who is already putting up big numbers, will have to shoulder the load in terms of scoring. James Harden is likely to slide into the starting lineup, and he played a season-high in minutes last game thanks to Durant’s injury. He has been inconsistent with his shot this season, but he is capable of producing some solid offensive numbers. But he can’t make up for Durant’s scoring on his own, and the Thunder will have to tweak its gameplan without its star.
The Celtics won’t have to worry about Durant, but perhaps that makes OKC less one dimensional. On paper, the Celtics should dominate in this one now, but they have to be wary of someone stepping up for the Thunder.