Kevin Durant was injured in the third quarter of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s game Saturday night on the road vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was kneed in the back by Alonzo Gee and went back to the locker room for treatment.
Durant returned for the fourth quarter and scored 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting but he still looked to be hurting after the game.
Durant appeared to be in significant pain and discomfort after the game. He downplayed the injury, but the medical staff was still tending to him and he was moving slowly and gingerly in the locker room long after the game. The team officially labeled the injury as a right rib contusion. Asked how it was feeling, Durant said “If I can play, I’m all right. I was good. I came (back) in and played so that’s all that matters.”
Mayberry went on to say that he would be shocked if Durant played Monday night at home vs. the Dallas Mavericks.
Durant hasn’t missed a game this season or the last. He played in 78 games in the 2010-11 season so it has been awhile since Durant has been sidelined.
A contusion is basically a bruise so it’s nothing terribly serious. But when your ribs are involved it can really affect your breathing and running up and down the court.
Earlier this season we saw Serge Ibaka miss two games with a chest contusion.
Durant is going to try and play no matter what. He’s the type of guy that hates sitting on the sideline.
The Thunder have played the Dallas Mavericks twice already this season and won both games but needed overtime in each one to do so. In their last meeting back on Jan. 18, Durant scored a career-high 52 points.