Durant Out Again Tonight

By Randy Renner

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Thunder superstar forward Kevin Durant will miss another game with that sprained ankle suffered just before halftime the other night at Golden State.

"He's feeling better today," head coach Scott Brooks told reporters about 90 minutes before tipoff. He again said the injury is just a mild ankle sprain and has nothing to do with the surgery Durant had on the same foot earlier this season.

Durant hopes to be back on the floor for Tuesday's game against Portland.

Perry Jones will again get the start in place of Durant. Jones didn't take advantage of the opportunity Friday night against the Lakers when he started and played 12 minutes. He only took two shots and missed both. He also failed to grab a rebound or hand out an assist.

"We need more from Perry," said Brooks. "We need him to be more aggressive on offense."

At the time Brooks talked to the media he didn't know for sure if center Kendrick Perkins would be able to play. Perk missed the Lakers game with a bruised knee.

If the Thunder can beat New Orleans tonight and if Phoenix loses at Washington, Oklahoma City will get to .500 on the season and take over eighth place in the Western Conference.

As usual we'll have complete coverage of the game here at InsideThunder.com including post game interviews with Coach Brooks and players in the lockerroom.

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