VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -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 ankle.
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 went back into the locker room for good at the start of the fourth quarter having scored 13 points.
His status wasn't immediately known.
Coach P.J. Carlesimo said he talked to Durant, his rookie shooting guard who turned the ankle late in a game Tuesday, but had no idea whether Durant will be ready for the season opener Wednesday at Denver. Doctors hope to have a better idea after the team resumes practicing on Sunday.
``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 have been 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 would.
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