Durant sits out game vs. 76ers with index finger injury

SEATTLE -- Kevin Durant missed his first game of the season
with a nagging finger injury, and Seattle lost to Philadelphia 98-90 on
Monday night.

Durant, who is averaging a team-high 19.7 points, injured the
index finger on his left hand late in the first quarter Saturday
against Minnesota. The rookie did not return. X-rays on the finger
were negative.

The Sonics were also without another weapon. Second-leading scorer Chris Wilcox sat with a sprained left knee. Both had started all 30 games this season.

"I like to play every game. I like to play the whole game,"
said Durant, the Sonics' 6-foot-9 guard who was the second pick in the 2007 NBA
draft. "To sit out is going to be something new to me, something
different. But it's only one game."

Durant, who played all 35 games in his lone year at the
University of Texas last season, initially injured the finger in a
Nov. 16 game against Atlanta.

"But this time I hit it pretty and couldn't go no more," he
said. "It was pretty bad when I hurt it at first. Then [Sunday] I
got some treatment on it and the swelling went down a little bit.
But today I couldn't catch the ball. It started to hurt a little

Durant wore a soft wrist brace that he said prevents him from
handling the ball cleanly.

"LeBron [James] had the same injury and I talked to him about
it," Durant said. "He said it took him about five days. I'm
hoping that if I get some treatment and ice it a little more I'll
be ready next game."

The Sonics' next game is Thursday at Phoenix.