Thunder coach Scott Brooks has been so pleased with his players' effort in training camp, he made them practice only once Saturday rather than going through another two-a-day session.
The team had two-a-days on Tuesday and Wednesday. They also had a Friday morning practice and that night played the Blue & White scrimmage before an overflow crowd of 3,500 at the Yukon High School gym.
"The natural reaction today would have been to relax a little bit, but they gave nearly three hours of great intensity," Brooks said after Saturday's practice.
Having Saturday afternoon off allowed players to watch more college football, most notably Kevin Durant and Royal Ivey from Texas and Longar Longar from Oklahoma.
GETTING TO THE POINT
On several occasions during Friday's scrimmage, Durant played point guard in the Thunder's half-court offense.
"Kevin is a terrific playmaker," Brooks said of the 6-foot-9 1/2 Durant, who has a 7-foot-5 wingspan. "Every year, we've challenged him to get better in a lot of areas, and he has. He's come back a better defender and a better playmaker."
Durant said he has worked hard on his playmaking skills.
"I know that's been an area of my game that people really don't get to see too much," Durant said. "I think I'm confident enough in my passing and my playmaking that I can make my teammates better. I'm getting better at that each year, so I think this year is when I really start to grow and you see more assists than turnovers, hopefully."
3-POINT "GREEN" LIGHT
Forward Jeff Green had the second most 3-point attempts on the team last season behind Durant, converting 104 of 312 (.333).
Green certainly wasn't shy from the 3-point line in Friday's scrimmage.
"Jeff is one of our better 3-point shooters," Brooks said. "It was definitely by flow. We don't want him to become where that's all he is. Jeff attacks and gets to the free-throw line and his midrange jumper is good. But his 3-point shot, the last 40 games or so, I thought he shot a very good percentage, maybe 38, 39 percent. He's definitely a big part of our offense. When he makes that, it puts a lot of doubt in the opponent's mind."