Kevin Durant to sit Friday with shoulder soreness

Jan 24, 6:02 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder will be without the league's leading scorer on Friday night when they take on the Boston Celtics.

Dealing with soreness in his right shoulder, Kevin Durant will sit for the first time all season. Sophomore Perry Jones will start in Durant's place.

The 25-year-old Durant has been quite an ironman so far in his career - he missed just a single game last season and none the year before, and has played in 504 of a possible 519 games in his career. Coincidentally, his last game missed was also against Boston.

While a Thunder-Celtics match-up would normally have blowout potential, the Thunder playing without Durant and Russell Westbrook leaves them without a combined 52.3 points, 13.7 rebounds, 12.1 assists and 3.3 steals. This is the first game in franchise history that will feature neither player.

Your move, Reggie Jackson. Jackson scored 11 straight points on Wednesday and has averaged 18.7 over his past six games. He'll get every opportunity to fill it up on Friday.

Jones, by the way, will be starting for the third time in his career. In 32 games this season, the versatile 6-foot-11 forward is averaging 3.2 points and 1.7 rebounds in 10.8 minutes.