Kevin Durant’s plan was to watch practice Tuesday and play against the Magic. Instead, he decided two more days rest would allow him to play this weekend in New York and Philadelphia. "Most definitely,” Durant said. "Another day’s rest should definitely get me back for the next game.” Durant suffered a sprained ankle Monday, landing on a player’s foot while grabbing a rebound in the second quarter of a loss at Indiana. He played through the injury to score a season-high 37 points. "I played off adrenaline,” Durant said. "But once I sat on the bench and got in the locker room, it would be kind of stiff when I got back up.”
NEW LOOKCenter Robert Swift cut his hair Tuesday. The Thunder’s 7-foot center, who has played well in three games, is now sporting a trimmed down, gel-enhanced Mohawk. He said it’s only the second time in three years he’s cut his hair. Still, Swift looks vastly different than when he and Orlando center Dwight Howard played in the Ford Center in the 2004 McDonald’s All-America game. "He definitely looks a little different now,” Howard said, smiling. "He didn’t have any tattoos when we were here. But he’s a great guy. I’m glad to see him back healthy.”
FUNNY FEELINGRashard Lewis played nine seasons in Seattle before Thunder general manager Sam Presti traded the All-Star forward in a sign-and-trade deal to Orlando. Lewis still owns a house in Seattle but has it on the market. "This is so different it doesn’t even feel like I’m playing against my old team because we’re in Oklahoma City,” Lewis said. "Obviously, there’s a lot of guys like Nick Collison, Chris Wilcox, Robert Swift and Damien Wilkins and a few others I played with. They’re great guys, great teammates.”
FAST BREAK...The Thunder bench was 0-of-16 from the field in the first half... Forward Chris Wilcox (sprained knee) was inactive. He’s listed as day-to-day but probably is doubtful for this weekend’s games... Jameer Nelson, the St. Joseph’s point guard on the team OSU beat in the Elite Eight 2004, had a double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds). Mickael Pietrus added 17 points... Center Mo Sene made his debut in the waning minutes.
QUOTABLEOrlando coach Stan Van Gundy on his first game in the Ford Center: "They may have the best fans in the league. It will be a difficult place to play. They have one of the best home-court advantages in the league.” BY MIKE BALDWIN