Phoenix Suns' Blowout Win Over OKC Thunder Overshadowed by Kevin Durant’s Injury

Phoenix Suns' Blowout Win Over OKC Thunder Overshadowed by Kevin Durant’s Injury

Edwin Kiplagat
March 9, 2023 at 5:42 PM
  • The Phoenix Suns registered their fourth straight win, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 132-101
  • However, the victory came at the cost of the newly acquired Kevin Durant to an ankle injury
  • Multiple reports indicate the superstar may no longer feature in the 2022/23 regular season

Phoenix Suns superstar, Kevin Durant was hit with another injury setback before his team's emphatic 132-101 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Before the game, Durant slipped and sprained his left ankle during pregame warmups, forcing him to wait longer for his home debut.

Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns, Oklahoma City Thunder
Kevin Durant talks to Devin Booker and Chris Paul of the Phoenix Suns during the game against the Charlotte Hornets on March 1. Photo source: Kent Smith/NBAE.
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Despite his absence, the Suns had no problem dispatching the Thunder. Devin Booker erupted for 44 points on 17-of-23 shooting in 28 minutes, leading the team to its fourth straight win.

Veteran point guard, Chris Paul scored 18 points and dished out nine assists. The win leaves the Suns fourth in the Western Conference with a 36-29 record.

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Dutrant suffers injury setback

Durant was getting back to his best. He led the Suns to an important 130-126 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, scoring 37 points in 40 minutes.

An hour before tip-off, the two-time NBA champion was busy doing individual drills with coaches when he slipped as he attempted a shot. He stayed down momentarily before he got up and continued with his workout.

According to ESPN, the 34-year-old experienced some swelling and was ruled out. Suns coach, Monty Williams understands how Durant is feeling:

"I feel bad for him because he feels bad," he said. "I saw his face and - I've been around him so many times - I know what he's feeling, and I don't want him feeling that way at all."

Booker hopes the fans will be there to welcome Durant for his home debut.

"We'll reschedule the party. I'm sure they'll be back, people that missed out on tonight."

According to AZ Central, Durant may miss the remainder of the regular season and maybe the start of the playoffs. There are concerns he may have sustained a grade 2 sprain that will need four to six weeks to heal.

Phoenix's regular season ends on April 9. Durant was just getting back from an MCL sprain at the time.

Durant on Suns title chances

Sports Brief earlier reported on Durant confidently saying the Suns can win the title because the players and staff have championship pedigree.

He highlighted that the Phoenix team reached the 2021 NBA Finals, meaning they have the experience of knowing to get to that stage.

Paul and Devin took the Suns to the finals but lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in six games. With Durant, maybe the team could go all the way.

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