Tuesday February 3rd, 2015

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant won't play against the Orlando Magic on Monday night due to his sprained left big toe, according to Royce Young of ESPN.com.

Durant originally injured his toe in the fourth quarter of the Thunder's loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. 25. He missed games against the Minnesota Timberwolves and New York Knicks last week before playing against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, but Durant struggled in his return, scoring 15 points on 5-of-16 shooting.

Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Durant will be replaced in the starting lineup by Dion Waiters.

Durant, the reigning MVP, has missed 25 games this season, including the first 17 because of a fractured right foot. He also missed two weeks because of a sprained right ankle. The Thunder are 9-16 this season playing without Durant.

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The 26-year-old Durant is averaging 25.1 points. 6.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 22 games this year.

The Thunder are 23-24 entering Monday's game against the Magic and currently in 10th place in the Western Conference, four games behind the Phoenix Suns for the conference's final playoff spot.

Ben Estes

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