Kevin Durant out with foot injury; other players need to step up


    Due to a fracture in his right foot, Kevin Durant will likely miss the first month of the season. According to the team Durant has a “Jones fracture,” a broken bone at the base of the small toe.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti said no specific incident caused the injury, it happened over time. Durant has not been given a timetable, but will likely miss six to eight weeks, based on the typical recovery time for an injury like this.

Durant doesn’t miss games very often. He has only missed six times in the past five seasons. He leads the NBA in games, minutes and points during that span and trails only LeBron James in win shares.

Because Durant is the reigning MVP who averaged 32 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 81 games the past season, has played the most minutes in the league since 2007, the Thunder will be missing one of their primary catalyst. OKC will be will be hurting, however this is the time where others on the team have to step up and play Durant’s role. Players such as Russell Westbrook, Kendrick Perkins, and Serge Ibaka will have to be on their A-game to hold it down while Durant is out. It won’t be easy, but I have no doubt that they will be able to.