Kevin Durant will be “alright” after sustaining an ankle contusion in the Warriors’ surprise loss to the Suns on Sunday, according to coach Steve Kerr.
The 10-time All-Star landed on DeAndre Ayton’s foot and rolled his right ankle in the fourth quarter of the 115-111 defeat at Oracle Arena, leaving the game and not returning.
Kerr was unsure whether the Warriors forward, who scored 25 points in 30 minutes, would require an MRI on the injury but didn’t sound overly concerned ahead of Wednesday’s meeting with the Rockets.
“I think he’s going to be all right. He had an ankle contusion, but I don’t think it’s bad. I talked to him briefly, he didn’t seem to think it was too bad,” Kerr said.
Shaun: 3a/2p/2r pic.twitter.com/Ryx0UHm1UP
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) March 11, 2019
Phoenix’s victory ended an 18-game losing streak against the Warriors, with star guard Devin Booker dropping 13 straight points in the fourth quarter en route to a total of 37.
It was the Warriors’ fourth loss in their past six matches, but they still sit top of the Western Conference with a record of 45-21.
Kerr added: “The Suns were great. They’ve been through a tough season and they’ve played really well lately. They beat Milwaukee at home last week, so we knew they weren’t going to be a pushover.
“They came in and kicked our butts. Good moment for them, great game for them, I’m happy for them, I know the frustration they’ve felt all year and it was the right outcome. They beat the crap out of us.”
“Can’t describe how proud I am of the guys!”
Sums up tonight! Hear from Coach after the win! pic.twitter.com/j2MP2K7743
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) March 11, 2019
Stephen Curry contributed 18 points but was four-of-15 from three-point range and admitted the Warriors feel “uncomfortable” as they seek a third straight championship.
“Let’s not forget last year was way worse than this, way worse than this, with injuries and things like that. We have pretty much everybody healthy,” Curry said.
“We talked about the things we need to get better at going into the playoffs and just haven’t done it. It’s an uncomfortable feeling, which I think we like right now.
“We’re getting challenged, we’re getting teams’ best shots.”