Notebook: Thunder star Kevin Durant has foot fracture, likely out six to eight weeks _lowres

Associated Press photo by Jim Cowsert -- Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant shoots in front of Mavericks center Tyson Chandler during a preseason game Friday in Dallas. Durant complained of discomfort in his right foot Saturday and is expected to need surgery.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant, the NBA’s leading scorer of this decade and the reigning MVP, will likely miss the first six to eight weeks of the season after fracturing a bone in his right foot.

The Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday said Durant informed the team of “discomfort” in his right foot after practice a day earlier.

He underwent tests, and the team said in a statement he was diagnosed with a “Jones” fracture — a broken bone at the base of the small toe.

It’s unclear how the injury happened.

The Thunder said traditional treatment requires surgery, and recent NBA cases have resulted in a return to play in six to eight weeks.

“We are in the process of collaboratively evaluating the most appropriate next steps with Kevin, his representatives, and Thunder medical personnel,” General Manager Sam Presti said. “Until a course of action is determined, we are unable to provide a timeline specific to Kevin’s case.”

The Thunder open their season Oct. 29 at Portland.

A six-week absence could have Durant back for the start of December, which would allow him to play about 65 games.

Durant won the scoring title last season, collected his first MVP award and led the Thunder to the Western Conference finals.

He skipped playing for the United States national team in this summer’s Basketball World Cup so he could get additional rest.

He played in two preseason games before complaining of pain.

The Thunder were forced to play for nearly two months last season without their other All-Star, Russell Westbrook, because of a knee injury.

But Oklahoma City remained among the West’s best because of Durant, who averaged 32 points, 7.4 points and 5.5 assists and was an overwhelming winner of MVP honors, ending LeBron James’ bid for a third straight.

Durant had a run of 41 consecutive games with at least 25 points, the third-longest streak in NBA history.

He has won four of the past five scoring titles, and was at his best during Westbrook’s absence from late December through the All-Star break, averaging 35 points and 6.3 assists as the Thunder went 20-7.

Durant has been among the NBA’s most durable players in recent years, missing just one game in each of the past two seasons and playing in all 66 during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 campaign, when Oklahoma City lost to Miami in the NBA Finals.


Caldwell-Pope sprains knee: In Washington, Detroit guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope sprained his left knee in the third quarter in the Pistons’ 91-89 exhibition loss to the Washington Wizards on Sunday.

Caldwell-Pope, a second-year player out of Georgia, fell underneath Washington’s basket and needed assistance getting to the locker room.

He did not return after scoring 12 points in 24 minutes.

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said Caldwell-Pope will be looked at when the team returns to Detroit.

Caldwell-Pope is averaging 16.7 points through Detroit’s first three preseason games after scoring 5.9 per game in his rookie season.