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Magic rookie Aaron Gordon says Kevin Durant ‘without a doubt’ returned too soon

Denver Nuggets v Orlando Magic

Denver Nuggets v Orlando Magic

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Kevin Durant fractured his foot in October and missed 17 games.

Aaron Gordon fractured his foot in November and missed 32 games.

That led the Magic rookie to draw conclusions.

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1. Durant injured his foot a few weeks before the season. So, he spent time healing without the Thunder playing games, which makes games missed a poor measure here. Gordon returned 64 days after his injury – Durant52 after his. That’s not quite as jarring of a difference.

2. Different people handle medical issues differently. That’s just how human bodies work. What was right for Gordon was not necessarily right for Durant.

Did Durant return too soon? Maybe. The ensuing complications that have Durant out for the rest of the season suggest he did, but it’s difficult to assess what would have happened had he rested longer before the season.

When trying to determine whether Durant rushed back, though, comparing him to Gordon doesn’t do much for me.