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Friday, April 25, 2014

Thunder's Kevin Durant injures ankle in loss to Grizzlies


By on 4/25/2014 07:00:00 AM

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant rolled his left ankle late during the fourth quarter in last night's overtime loss against the Grizzlies. He remained in the game but could not help lead his team to victory.

With three minutes left in the fourth quarter, Durant appeared to have slipped on a wet spot and twisted his ankle while on the defensive end. He immediately dropped to the hardwood and clenched his ankle in pain. After a brief moment, he got up and limped his way over to the Thunder bench to seek attention. Following a timeout, Durant carried on and played through the final quarter and overtime. The Thunder lost 98-95.

Looking at the stat sheet, Durant had a solid night with 30 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in 49 minutes played. But from watching him throughout the game, he was clearly not himself. Durant lost confidence down the stretch and it was obvious that Memphis' defensive stud Tony Allen affected his performance, both in physical and mental aspect of the game. Durant shot only 37 percent from the field and 0-for-8 from beyond the arc.

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"Personally, I think we missed a lot of good looks, some open threes, some lay-ins, some I wish I could take back." said Durant after the game 
Even with a slight tweak or sprain, Durant will play no matter what. And we would we shocked if this injury affects his playing time. But if he re-injures his ankle during the series, it is possible he could be sidelined.

The Thunder are now down 2-1 in this best-of-seven and game four will be played on Saturday night in Memphis. The series will head back to Oklahoma City for game five.

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