Suns star forward Kevin Durant has been putting in more work on the court as he attempts to return from a sprained ankle, and the Suns are hoping he can be back before the end of March, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
If not within the next 10-11 days, then perhaps before the end of April, Charania said, speaking during his regular segment on FanDuelTV.
Durant, 34, has appeared in just three games with the Suns since the February trade brought him over from the Nets. Not surprisingly, the Suns have looked fairly average in his absence. With him, they’ve looked like championship contenders.
He suffered the ankle injury while going in for a layup and landing awkwardly during pregame warmups.
“Kevin Durant is doing more & more on the court… [The Suns] are hopeful that he’s gonna be back in the lineup before the end of March, potentially early April”@ShamsCharania with the latest on Kevin Durant’s injury #RunItBack #WeAreTheValley pic.twitter.com/YEUaTO8lSl
— FanDuel TV (@FanDuelTV) March 20, 2023
Durant is averaging 26.7 points in his three games with Phoenix, and 29.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 42 games overall. He is shooting 57 percent from the field, 39 percent on 3-pointers and a sizzling 93 percent on free throws.
“He’s out there working his tail off getting ready for the game and he twists his ankle,” coach Monty Williams said at the time of the injury, via Duane Rankin of the Arizona Republic. “You can’t get frustrated about that. It’s life. I feel bad for him because he feels bad. He feels like, I saw his face and I’ve been around him so many times. I know what he’s feeling. I don’t want him feeling that way at all.”