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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Thunder Injury Update: Kevin Durant to miss 6-8 weeks due to foot injury

By on 10/12/2014 02:46:00 PM

Reigning MVP and Oklahoma City Thunder's star player Kevin Durant will be missing the start of the regular season with a foot injury that will sideline him for the next six to eight weeks. The team announced that Durant suffered a "Jones fracture", which is a broken bone that connects the outside of the foot to the small toe.

The standard procedure for this type of injury is surgical procedure and a six-to-eight week recovery period afterwards. However, until Durant undergoes the surgery, this is just an approximate timetable.

According to a WebMD article, this is not the typical fracture. It's quite worse.
"The other type is the Jones fracture, which is much less common but does not heal as well. This fracture gets worse with time if you keep walking on it, so non-weight bearing is very important. People with this fracture often (35-50% of the time) develop problems healing that require an operation."
If the injury does cause long-lasting issues, and let's hope it does not, this could spell some serious trouble for the Thunder. A player of Durant's caliber is nearly irreplaceable and a two month absence would surely shake up the Western Conference.

With this being the first major injury in Kevin Durant's career (he has missed only 16 games the rest of his career), the Thunder will need to find a new way to facilitate the offense. Russell Westbrook will definitely need to shoulder most of the load moving forward, but role players such as Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones, or Reggie Jackson will need to prove their worth.

It'll be interesting to see how coach Scott Brooks will adapt to the loss of his star player. Royce Young of ESPN reports that, for the Thunder, it will be a big learning process for them all.
"You have to be able to deal with uncertainty and ambiguity," Presti said. "If [you] can only operate [when] the wind is blowing out for you, I don't think that's the mark of an elite team or an elite organization. And I think Kevin is at his best when he has to experience something different. I think he'll find something good from this."
Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons
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