For the first time in six seasons, the Thunder will be without both Westbrook and Durant in the starting lineup after it was announced Friday afternoon Durant will sit the game out, due to an injured shoulder.
Durant suffered the injury in the third quarter of Wednesday’s game against San Antonio. He did not come out of the game and scored 15 points after the injury.
The injury comes at a time where Durant has scored 30 or more points in nine games in a row. He is averaging 38.9 points per game during the recent stretch.
"We have more than enough to compete," Brooks said to ESPN before the game. "All you need is five."
Oddly enough, the last time Durant was held to less than 30 points was Jan. 5 against the Celtics in Oklahoma City. He had 21 in that game.
The Thunder have won five in a row and have the best record in the Western Conference.