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Kevin Durant a late scratch for Suns home debut after he slipped during pregame warm-ups

Kevin Durant's home debut for the Phoenix Suns will have to wait.

Durant injured his left ankle during pregame warm-ups Wednesday and was ruled out due to soreness shortly before tip against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He slipped and fell during a pregame drill while driving to the basket.

The Athletic's Doug Haller reports that Durant tightened his shoes and continued to warm up for 10 more minutes after his fall. The extent of his injury was not initially clear, but it proved to be too much to play through Wednesday.

Durant joined the Suns via trade from the Brooklyn Nets prior to the NBA's February trade deadline. He was sidelined at the time by an MCL injury that caused him to miss 20 games.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MARCH 03: Kevin Durant #35 of the Phoenix Suns against the Chicago Bulls at United Center on March 03, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
Kevin Durant missed his scheduled home debut for the Suns after slipping on the court pregame. (Quinn Harris/Getty Images) (Quinn Harris via Getty Images)

He made his debut with the Suns on the road against the Charlotte Hornets on March 1. The Suns won that game and two subsequent road games against the Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks. Durant and fellow All-Star Devin Booker have thrived on the court together, raising hopes in Phoenix that the Suns will compete for a championship.

Wednesday's game against the Thunder was slated to be Durant's highly anticipated home debut with his new franchise. Instead, he and Suns fans will have to wait at least one more game and hope the injury isn't serious. The Suns next play the Sacramento Kings on Saturday at home.