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Kevin Durant scratched late for Suns home debut against OKC with ankle injury

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 03: Kevin Durant #35 of the Phoenix Suns against the Chicago Bulls at United Center on March 03, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. Note to User: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is agreeing to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Quinn Harris / Getty Images)

The Phoenix Suns will have to wait for Kevin Durant’s home debut.

Durant injured his left ankle during pregame warm-ups on Wednesday and was ruled out shortly before the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Durant tripped and fell during a pregame drill.

Doug Haller of The Athletic reported that Durant tightened his boots and continued to warm up for 10 minutes after the fall. But whatever happened, there was obviously too much to play for on Wednesday. The extent of his injury was initially unclear.

Durant joined the Suns via trade from the Brooklyn Nets before the NBA’s February trade deadline. At that point he was sidelined with an MCL injury that caused him to miss 20 games.

He made his debut with the Suns on March 1 on the road against the Charlotte Hornets. The Suns won that game and two subsequent road games against the Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks. He and fellow All-Star Devin Booker have flourished on the court together, giving Phoenix hope that the Suns will compete for a championship.

Wednesday’s game against the Thunder was Durant’s highly anticipated home debut with his new franchise. Instead, he and Suns fans will have to wait for at least one more game. The Suns next face the Sacramento Kings at home on Saturday.



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