Wednesday December 31st, 2014

Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks announced that Kevin Durant will return from an ankle injury on Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns, according to The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry.

ESPN's Marc Stein previously reported that Durant was likely to play on Wednesday.

Durant has not played since spraining his ankle in a Dec. 18 loss to the Golden State Warriors. Prior to sustaining the injury, Durant scored 30 points on 10-of-13 shooting in only 19 minutes.

He practiced at full speed on Monday and Tuesday, Stein reported.

In Durant's absence, Oklahoma City has posted a 3-3 record. The 6-foot-9 forward also missed the first 17 games of this season due to a Jones fracture.

Over nine games this season, Durant has averaged 22.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists while posting a 28.2 Player Efficiency Rating. 

The Thunder are 2.5 games back of the Suns for eighth place in the Western Conference standings.

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