Thunder: Durant Set For First NBA Game In 8 Months

Wednesday, October 7th 2015, 5:51 pm
By: News On 6

Kevin Durant is all set to take the floor in his first NBA game since February. But it has seemed much longer than that for the OKC mainstay.

"It seems like years ago," the former MVP explained on Wednesday after the team’s morning shootaround. He went on to say he’s back and tries not to think about the past but has learned a lot from the situation.

Durant will play in the Thunder’s preseason opener in Minnesota on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m.

While sitting out last season due to a Jones fracture he sustained to his right foot, he missed 55 games and underwent three surgeries.

He began participating in practice on September 29 when OKC opened camp and since hasn’t reported any issues with his foot. "I think he's been getting back his rhythm… He's had some incredible flashes," said new Thunder coach Billy Donovan.

Durant is expected to play 18 to 22 minutes in the opener, according to Donovan. “I just want to pick up where I left off,” he said during the team's shootaround in Minnesota. “It was a long summer, so all of us are ready to play a game. We’ve been competing against each other for a week and want to get out there and see what we have against another team.”