Kevin Durant evaluated: 'Progressing'

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kevin Durant will return to play in "a week or two," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Wednesday.

"He's progressing," Brooks said. "We evaluated him today and expect him to return within a week, a week or two weeks."

Durant had a minor procedure on his right foot Feb. 22 to help reduce soreness caused by a screw inserted in October's surgery to repair a Jones fracture.

The screw was rubbing against a different bone, causing extreme discomfort for Durant, so it was replaced with a new one. The original fracture, though, is healing "excellently," according to Thunder general manager Sam Presti.

Durant has been intensifying workouts in the past week, doing full-court shooting drills that involved heavy amounts of running, jumping and cutting.

In the 10 recent games without Durant, the Thunder have gone 6-4 behind an incredible stretch from Russell Westbrook, who is averaging a triple-double in those games. The Thunder are 35-29 after Wednesday night's 120-108 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

They fell to ninth place in the Western Conference, a half-game behind the New Orleans Pelicans.

Durant has missed 37 games this season with a number of injuries, including a sprained right ankle and sprained left big toe, after missing only 16 total in his first seven seasons.

"I'm more just focused on trying to get this pain out of it and coming back when I'm ready, when I'm 100 percent ready," Durant said last week. "Not trying to force it or not trying to play with pain, just trying to conquer this little stage I'm in right now, which is getting it to stay right, working as hard as I can in the weight room and on the court. It's tough, but I've just got to be ready to go."

In 27 games this season, Durant is averaging 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists.