OKLAHOMA CITY (TICKER) —The Oklahoma City Thunder could have leading scorer Kevin Durant back in the lineup by the weekend. The second-year forward was off crutches and walking with only a slight limp during Monday’s 96-87 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. Durant was expected to miss seven to 14 days after suffering a severely sprained right ankle in Dallas on Friday. "It’s definitely improving," Oklahoma coach Scott Brooks told The Oklahoman. "Young guys’ bodies heal a lot quicker than older guys." Durant will not play Wednesday against Washington, meaning the earliest he could return would be Saturday at New Orleans. The reigning Rookie of the Year, Durant is averaging 26.0 points - the league’s fourth-best mark - and 6.6 rebounds per game. "We don’t want this to linger into the summer when he will develop into an ever better player," Brooks said. "Kevin is a big part of this franchise. We’re not going to jeopardize a couple games here and there. "With Kevin, its’ going to be tough to keep him off the court because he loves the game. But we’re going to make sure he’s 100 percent before we put him on the court."