The Phoenix Suns have yet to fully take advantage of their new acquisition, Kevin Durant. And it looks like they are going to have to wait a few more weeks to get their superstar back in action. Wednesday, March 8th, in front of the hometown fans, Durant rolled his ankle while preparing for the matchup. The 34-year-old went up for a layup in pregame warmups and awkwardly came down and landed on the floor. He grabbed at his left ankle immediately.
The positive moment of that night was that the Suns defeated Durant’s old team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, behind teammate Devin Booker’s 44 points. Now, the 13-time NBA All-Star, will miss about two to three weeks with a sprained left ankle.
This is the second injury for Durant this season as he sprained his MCL on January 8th while with the Brooklyn Nets. He was forced to miss almost two months of basketball. In the midst of his injury, he was traded to Phoenix.
Kevin Durant took a fall while warming up for his first home game with the Suns 😳
He got up after. pic.twitter.com/J8SGlVQahj
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In his first three games with his new team, the 6’10 superstar picked up where he left off. Durant helped the Suns win three straight games scoring above 20 points in all three affairs, including 37 in a win over his former teammate Kyrie Irving and the Dallas Mavericks. Phoenix Suns Head Coach Monty Williams feels bad for his new superstar.
“I feel bad for him because he feels bad. 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.”
Hopefully, Durant can come back soon as now with him, the Suns are one of the top three teams to win the NBA Finals. Unfortunately, the former Net has endured several injuries throughout his career.
In 2014, Durant was out for six to eight weeks for a Jones fracture in his right foot. He continued to have minor injuries before undergoing foot surgery. In 2016, with the Golden State Warriors, he suffered a MCL sprain and a tibial bone bruise causing him to miss the rest of the regular season. The following year, Durant missed the end of the regular season again with a fractured rib. In his last year with the Warriors, the veteran suffered a right calf strain and then tore his Achilles tendon shortly after that.
Sometimes, it seems like he just can’t catch a break.