VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Kevin Durant missed his
second consecutive preseason game for the SuperSonics Friday night.
The second overall pick in June's draft was back in Seattle
shooting and walking on a treadmill to test his sprained left
Then Jeff Green, the fifth overall pick, sprained his left ankle
during the third quarter of Friday's game with the Phoenix Suns. He
went into the locker room to get treatment, returned to finish the
period and general manager Sam Presti said his key rookie was fine.
But then Green left back into the locker room for good at the start
of the fourth quarter having scored 13 points.
Green downplayed the injury, saying it was "just a tweak."
He feels assured he will be ready for the season opener
Wednesday at Denver, and probably practice on Sunday.
"I just didn't want to go out there and re-aggravate it,"
Green said, not wearing ice or even a wrap under his Hoyas-blue,
left street sneaker as he prepared to board the team bus. "This is
nothing right now."
Coach P.J. Carlesimo said he talked Durant, his rookie shooting
guard who turned his ankle late in a game Tuesday, but the coach
had no idea whether Durant will be ready for the opener. Doctors
hope to have a better idea after the team resumes practicing on
"Kevin feels better," Carlesimo said, though he stressed that
he won't push the 19-year-old just so he can start the nationally
televised opener. "He definitely needs to practice before he
plays," Carlesimo said, referring to at least Monday and Tuesday.
"If he doesn't practice, he won't play."
If Durant cannot play, the lineup to open the season might be
the same as Friday's, with Green starting at small forward and
veteran Damien Wilkins moving to shooting guard. Wally Szczerbiak
would be the primary shooter off the bench and late in games.
That's all if Green can start. If he can't, Szczerbiak likely