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Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant, 'Our focus is better on the road'

Oklahoman Modified: December 28, 2009 at 4:43 am •  Published: December 28, 2009
Durant: ‘Our focus is better on the road.’
One strong sign of how drastically things have changed for Oklahoma City in a year’s time is the Thunder’s performance on the road. With a win tonight at New Jersey, the Thunder will have already matched last season’s eight-win total on the road.

"To be honest with you, I think our focus is a little bit better on the road than it is at home,” said Kevin Durant when asked how the team’s mindset has changed from last season. "I know that’s kind of difficult to say. . . We’re trying to find our balance between playing better at home and also playing on the road.”

Following tonight’s game against the 2-28 Nets, the Thunder will play at Washington on Tuesday. Oklahoma City lost both road games against the Nets and Wizards last season. Russell Westbrook said the biggest key in this two-game set is defense.

"That’s always the key for us,” Westbrook said. "When we defend, we put ourselves in a position to win games. That’s the biggest thing for us.”

After two games, recently acquired rookie point guard Eric Maynor said his transition has been a good one thus far. He added that he’ll need a few weeks to jell with his new teammates.

"Right now, I’m trying to learn everything,” Maynor said. (Coach Scott Brooks) is telling me to go out there and have fun and play hard.

Durant: ‘Our focus is better on the road.’


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