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Thunder prepare to play without star Kevin Durant, out 6-8 weeks with foot injury

  • Oklahoma City Thunder Guard Russell Westbrook answers a question following practice in Oklahoma City, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. An injury to Kevin Durant puts more of the focus on Westbrook, an explosive scoring point guard who averaged 26.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 8.1 assists during last year’s playoffs. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    Oklahoma City Thunder Guard Russell Westbrook answers a question following practice in Oklahoma City, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. An injury to Kevin Durant puts more of the focus on Westbrook, an explosive scoring point guard who averaged 26.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 8.1 assists during last year’s playoffs. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant sits before an exhibition NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. Durant, the NBA's leading scorer of this decade and the reigning MVP, will likely miss the first six to eight weeks of the season after fracturing a bone in his right foot. The Oklahoma City star forward complained of an ache in his foot after practice Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014,  the team said. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant sits before an exhibition NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. Durant, the NBA's leading scorer of this decade and the reigning MVP, will likely miss the first six to eight weeks of the season after fracturing a bone in his right foot. The Oklahoma City star forward complained of an ache in his foot after practice Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, the team said. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)  (The Associated Press)

For the first time, the Oklahoma City Thunder will be forced to play without Kevin Durant for more than a handful of games.

The team announced Sunday that the league's reigning MVP would be out for an undetermined length of time with a fracture in his right foot, at the base of the small toe. Typically, the injury requires surgery and six to eight weeks of healing.

Durant has missed just 16 regular season games in his seven-year career and has never missed more than eight games in a season.

Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Monday although Durant is best known for his scoring, he is tougher than given credit for. He's led the league in minutes since joining in 2007.