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Phoenix Suns Still Don't Have Kevin Durant - Even Though He Recently Joined the Basketball Team

Mark Hake
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The Phoenix Suns, which have a 38-35 win-loss record so far this year, still don't have the use of its star player they recently traded for: Kevin Durant.

He sprained his ankle on March 8, and won't be reevaluated until the end of the month. This is according to a recent Suns tweet.

On February 9, 2023, Durant was traded by his Brooklyn Nets team to Phoenix. Durant made his Suns debut on March 1 and played in just three games for the Phoenix Suns.

But On March 8 Durant suffered an ankle injury in pregame warmups. As a result, Durant has yet to play in a home game in Phoenix.

Recently, a popular blog The Athletic reported that Durant might return on Wednesday, March 29, for the Sun's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. They cited unnamed sources for that projection. Some had feared that Durant would be out for the full season.

Upcoming Games

Tonight, March 25, the Suns host a two-game series against the Philadelphia 76ers (49-24) without Durant. The game starts at 7 PM AZ time (10 PM EST).

Some observers had projected that without Durant the Suns would not be able to win the NBA championship. If Durant returns on Wednesday, all those forecasts go out the window. The March 29 game will be aired on ESPN starting at 7 PM AZ time (10 PM EST).

Kevin Durant has some of the best stats in the NBA, according to Sporting News, including:

  • 27.3 points per game
  • 7.1 rebounds per game
  • 49.9 percent field goal shooting
  • 38.4 percent 3-point field goal shooting
  • 88.6 percent free throw shooting

Phoenix is counting on those stats to hold up when Durant begins playing again.


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Mark R. Hake, CFA, writes articles on national and local news, stocks, and market events at,,, and as well as TalkMarkets.

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Mark Hake is a financial analyst, investor, and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He writes about US and foreign stocks as well as cryptos, hedge funds, and private equity. He previously ran his own hedge fund, investment research firm, and acted as CFO for a fintech startup. He focuses on finding value, arbitrage, and hidden asset opportunities.

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