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Kevin Durant Set to Return This Week

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Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant has missed the last six games with a strained left hamstring, but Durant is set to return sometime this week, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.

Durant suffered the injury on Nov. 10 in a big win over the Washington Wizards, which was his homecoming. There’s a chance he could return Monday against the Utah Jazz or Wednesday against the Brooklyn Nets.

The Thunder have gone 3-3 in Durant’s absence, with the latest game a hard-fought win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. Not unexpectedly, both the offense and defense have taken a dip with the 2013-14 MVP sidelined. Oklahoma City put forth a net rating of just 0.2 in these last six games, per NBA.com.

Also unsurprisingly, Russell Westbrook has put up monster numbers over the last six games. He averaged 32.7 points, 9.3 assists and 7.7 rebounds over that span. He also shot a solid 46 percent despite taking nearly 23 shots per game, with seven of those coming from long range (he shot 31 percent on those long-range attempts).

The return of Durant, who missed most of last year thanks to three foot surgeries, will help stabilize this inconsistent Thunder squad. Oklahoma City has been dominant with Durant on the floor this season, so expect them to get back to their winning ways when he’s back.

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