Phoenix, Oct. 16 - All eyes are set on Monday night's NBA preseason rematch as Kevin Durant and the Phoenix Suns gear up to face the Portland Trail Blazers at the Footprint Center, Phoenix, at 10 p.m. ET. Their last confrontation on Thursday in Portland ended in favor of the Suns, clinching a victory with a scoreline of 122-111.
However, it's not just the matchup that's making headlines. Fans and analysts alike are eager for updates regarding Durant's presence on the court. The good news for Suns fans? Durant isn't listed on the injury report for Phoenix.
Furthermore, Suns coach Frank Vogel, in the lead-up to the game, confirmed the participation of Phoenix’s power trio. "Fans are in for a treat seeing Kevin Durant, Bradley Beal, and Devin Booker play consecutively,” he commented during Sunday's open practice.
Vogel further emphasized, “All three are expected to be in action on Monday”.
Injury Benchmarks Ahead
While Phoenix's Big 3 are seemingly in full swing, certain key players have been sidelined due to injuries.
Guards Eric Gordon, suffering a hip injury, and Damion Lee with a knee setback, as well as forward Ish Wainwright (calf) won't be making an appearance. On the Trail Blazers' side, the participation of guard Malcolm Brogdon and big men Robert Williams and Deandre Ayton remains uncertain, marking them as day-to-day.
In an interesting side note from the Suns’ recent open practice, which saw a full house of ardent Suns supporters, Durant expressed his astonishment at the immense backing from the Phoenix fan base. “The fan fervor in the Valley truly astounds me,” he remarked, visibly moved.
“Their passion for basketball fuels my own drive. Engaging with our fans, offering them a behind-the-scenes glimpse of our routines beyond match nights, is genuinely rewarding”. As the Suns' preseason progresses, Durant's contribution becomes evident.
In the two games he's participated in, he's been showcasing impressive stats, averaging 14.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists, with a 45.5% shooting accuracy in just under 17 minutes per game.