News: Durant (ankle) has officially been ruled out for Friday's game against the Hornets, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: As expected, Durant will remain out of action Friday while he continues to nurse a sprained ankle. He clarified his injury status Thursday, stating: "I can't play basketball. I can't run. I can't cut. I can't jump." Judging from that quote, Durant isn't overly close to returning, though he was spotted doing some light shooting during Friday's shootaround. Until the Thunder say otherwise, consider Durant day-to-day and questionable to play Sunday in Dallas.
News: Adams had one of the best performances of his career Thursday, putting up 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to go with one assist, two steals, and three blocks in 31 minutes.
Impact: Adams has worked his way into being a standard-league option. Over his last five games, he's averaged 10.0 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.0 steal, and 1.4 blocks in 27 minutes per game. That production is worth taking a flier on. While some of Adams' rise in value may be due to Kevin Durant's (ankle) absence, there're also plenty of reasons to think Adams has simply taken another step in his development.
News: Durant (ankle) clarified the status of his injury Thursday. "I can't play basketball," Durant said. "I can't run. I can't cut. I can't jump. I'm not just sitting out just because. If I could play I would play. But I can't play."
Impact: Durant went on to explain that his sprained ankle is still sore on the top of the foot, and that he had a similar injury in the 2009 season that kept him out nine games. He stressed that the injury is in no way related to his surgically repaired foot. Durant has missed four games, and if his concerns are valid, it seems he might be out another week or so.