(UPDATE 3/27) After being ruled out indefinitely, Kevin Durant has officially been ruled out for the rest of the season. Durant will undergo surgery on his right foot, and is expected to be out four to six months. He originally had surgery to alleviate soreness and discomfort in his foot, but recovery from that surgery did not go as plan. While Durant was rehabbing, he was re-evaluated and shut down from basketball activities last week.
That leaves the Thunder without Durant for the next 10 games and any playoff games they will play. The Thunder currently sit as the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, 3.5 games above the Phoenix Suns. Oklahoma City has five home games left that have an average price of $162.05.
(3/20) The Oklahoma City Thunder will be without one of its stars until further notice. Word came out on Friday that Thunder star and reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant will be out indefinitely. General manager Sam Presti stated on Friday morning that Durant had been “removed from basketball activities” following a February 23 surgery to remove discomfort in his right foot.
There is a strong possibility Durant could be ruled out for the remainder of the season. A season after being the league’s Most Valuable Player, Durant has only been on the court for 27 games in 2015. Oklahoma City currently holds the eighth and final playoff seed in the Western Conference, a game in front of the New Orleans Pelicans. The Thunder have been hanging on to playoff positioning thanks to some stellar play from point guard Russell Westbrook.
Oklahoma City has eight home games remaining during the regular season at Chesapeake Bay Energy Arena. On the secondary market, OKC Thunder tickets have an average price of $160.72. The most expensive game will come on April 5 against the Houston Rockets. Houston currently sits as the No. 3 seed in the West. Thunder vs Rockets tickets have an average price of $192.97 with a get-in price of $44.
Six of OKC’s eight home games will come against teams in or near a playoff spot. The only two opponents who do not have hopes for the postseason are the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings.
According to basketball-reference.com, the Thunder still have an 80.4 percent chance of making the playoffs. The Pelicans have just a 17.4 percent chance. Holding on to the No. 8 seed would likely pit Oklahoma City against the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs.