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Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant earns honor

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: April 6, 2010 at 9:16 am •  Published: April 6, 2010

Kevin Durant was named the Western Conference Player of the Week. He led the Thunder to a 4-0 week, highlighted by wins over Boston and Dallas. Durant averaged 31.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.5 steals.

Durant established the single-season franchise mark for points. Durant has scored 2,258 points, surpassing Dale Ellis’ 2,553 points 20 years ago when the team was in Seattle.

Playoff possibilities
The Thunder, in sixth place overall in the Western Conference, most likely will finish as the No. 6, 7 or 8 seed but could finish as high as second.

One game in the loss column behind Dallas, Utah, Phoenix and Denver — four teams locked in a four-way tie for second, third, fourth and fifth — the Thunder plays three of those teams the final 10 days.

If the Thunder wins its final six games, finishing the regular season on a 10-game winning streak, Oklahoma City would be assured of being the No. 3 seed, passing the Jazz, Suns and Nuggets because of tiebreakers. OKC could finish as the No. 2 seed if Dallas loses at least one game.

But if the Thunder goes 4-2 or 3-3 over its last six games, there’s a good chance it would finish as the No. 8 seed and play the Lakers in the first round.

Krstic’s alley oop dunk
Late in the first half Sunday against Minnesota, Durant took an outlet pass on a fast break near half-court, took a couple of dribbles and tossed an alley oop pass to Nenad Krstic for a slam dunk.

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