Kevin Durant will finally make his home debut for the Phoenix Suns against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday after missing three weeks with a left ankle sprain, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Durant suffered an unusual sprain after slipping while warming up before the game on March 8, causing him to miss the last 10 games.
Suns coach Monty Williams didn’t confirm Durant’s return date on Tuesday, saying the team will “have an official update when we have one.”
“I always use the term check the boxes,” Williams said of Durant’s recovery. “You have to get rid of the pain and swelling and all that and then hit the ground with shots. And I’ve seen him go from cardio to shooting to pacing a little bit and getting ready to get to the next level.”
Durant has only played three games for Phoenix since his acquisition in a blockbuster trade in early February. He averaged 26.7 points in those games and scored a sizzling 69% before twisting his ankle on a drill.
The Suns started Tuesday night with a loss to the LA Clippers for the Western Conference No. 4 seed.
Durant’s return was first reported by The Athletic.
ESPN’s Stephen Holder contributed to this story.
https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/35982752/kevin-durant-return-suns-vs-timberwolves Kevin Durant to return for Suns vs. Timberwolves