Kevin Durant injured in pregame warmups, could be out rest of regular season

By , Audacy Sports

Kevin Durant's home debut with the Phoenix Suns was derailed by an unfortunate injury on Wednesday night.

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The future Hall of Famer was ruled out for the contest against the Oklahoma City Thunder after rolling his ankle on a non-contact play during pregame warmups.

After falling hard on the court, Durant was initially able to continue warming up, fueling optimism that his absence might be short-lived.

But after the Suns' blowout win over the Thunder, Durant was seen in a walking boot, and the Arizona Republic reported that the Suns fear Durant may have suffered a Grade 2 ankle sprain, which could sideline him for as much as 4-6 weeks.

That timeframe could keep Durant out for the remainder of the regular season, and potentially into the early stages of the postseason. The Suns' final regular-season game is scheduled for April 9.

The ankle injury comes just three games into Durant's return from a sprained right knee -- suffered when he was still with the Nets -- that sidelined him for nearly two months until his Suns debut on March 1.

Phoenix is 3-0 with Durant on the floor, and has climbed back to fourth place in the Western Conference standings while going 7-3 in their last 10 games, and 16-5 since Jan. 19.

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