Durant has foot surgery but is expected to return this year
OKLAHOMA CITY – Kevin Durant had surgery Sunday to alleviate pain in his right foot, and the Thunder expect him to return during the regular season.
A screw was replaced from his October operation for a broken bone in the right foot. General Manager Sam Presti said the star forward will be evaluated again within a week.Presti said the head of the original screw was rubbing against the cuboid bone in the foot, causing discomfort. The new screw does not have a head. Presti said the new hardware won't affect the already positive long-term prognosis.
Durant has played in just 27 games this season because of the broken foot, sprained right ankle and sprained left big toe. He said the right foot was sore after Thursday night's game against Dallas.
"Yeah, it's tough, but I'll figure it out," he said. "Just got to get through it, keep getting treatment, and talk to trainers tomorrow to see what we can do to make it better."
•CAVS KNOCK KNICKS: LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each scored 18 points, J.R. Smith had 17 and hooked up with Iman Shumpert on a dazzling dunk in their return to the New York, and Cleveland crushed the Knicks 101-83. James moved past Allen Iverson into 22nd place on the career scoring list, and added seven rebounds and seven assists. Kevin Love finished with 16 points and 16 boards, combining with James and Irving to outscore the inept Knicks in the first half. Cleveland won for the 16th time in 18 games.
•STOUDEMIRE SPARKS MAVS: Monta Ellis scored 15 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and Amare Stoudemire had 14 points in 11 minutes in his Dallas debut as the Mavericks beat the Hornets 92-81. Stoudemire made his first appearance in an NBA game since Feb. 11. Mo Williams scored 22 points for the Hornets. Williams, acquired from the Wolves on Feb. 10, also led Charlotte in scoring in his team debut Saturday night with 28.
•PACERS KNOCK OFF WARRIORS: Rodney Stuckey scored 30 points to help Indiana beat NBA-leading Golden State 104-98. The Warriors played without star guard Stephen Curry, who sat out because of soreness in his right ankle.
•GASOL LEADS GRIZZ: Marc Gasol scored 21 points, and Memphis overcame a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter for a 98-92 victory over Portland. LaMarcus Aldridge was a late scratch for the Blazers because of a right thumb sprain.
•PISTONS POUND WIZARDS: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 26 points, Andre Drummond added 18 points and 16 rebounds and the Pistons beat the Wizards 106-89.
•WESTBROOK LIFTS THUNDER: Russell Westbrook had 21 points and a career-high 17 assists, and the Thunder beat the Nuggets 119-94.
•HAWKS REBOUND: Paul Millsap had 23 points and 16 rebounds and Atlanta beat Milwaukee 97-86.
•ETC.: New Orleans' Anthony Davis is expected to be out up to two weeks because of a shoulder sprain, while fellow forward Ryan Anderson is expected to miss up to four weeks because of a right knee sprain. ... Celtics forward Jared Sullinger will miss the rest of the season because of a broken bone in his foot. .... The Bucks waived troubled center Larry Sanders, who had been sidelined since Dec. 23 by illness and then suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. ... The Nuggets waived Thomas Robinson.