http://grantland.com/the-triangle/kevin-durant-injury-jones-fracture-oklahoma-city-thunder-future-russell-westbrook/The Oklahoma City Thunder, quite literally, have always had Kevin Durant.
When the Sonics ditched Seattle under nefarious circumstances, they had a lanky young superstar who endeared them to fans across the world.
When Patrick Beverley crashed into Russell Westbrook’s knee during the first round of the 2013 playoffs, they had Durant to carry them until the Grizzlies’ expert defense squeezed the Thunder’s all-Durant all-the-time offense in a vise grip. He ran pick-and-rolls, sprinted off pin-down screens for unblockable jumpers, isolated on the wing, and sometimes just pulled up for 28-footers — because he could, and because the Thunder needed him to.
When two more surgeries knocked Westbrook out for much of last season, Durant went bananas with the same solo act, scoring at will and winning the MVP.
When Serge Ibaka strained his calf before last season’s conference finals, the Thunder tried to cope by shifting Durant to power forward more than usual.
Durant can fill almost any hole. He’s a near 7-footer capable of running the point, with a jumper so lethal that he contorts defenses simply by running around the floor away from the ball.
Now he’s gone for at least six weeks with a Jones fracture, a tricky break in a thin bone that runs along the outside of the foot. It is one of the most common injuries in basketball, according to trainers and medical experts, and most players make a full recovery in a time frame at least in the ballpark of the six- to eight-week range the Thunder mentioned Sunday. Some players take longer to heal, some don’t heal properly the first time around, and some — including Yao Ming, Brook Lopez, and Roddy Beaubois — suffer repeated injuries to places along the same bone.