Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant misses fourth game of season

By John Rohde, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: December 3, 2010 at 9:28 pm •  Published: December 3, 2010
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Kevin Durant missed his second straight game with a sprained left knee, sitting out of Friday night's 111-99 loss to Toronto inside the Air Canada Centre.

The Thunder is now 3-1 without Durant and 8-3 with a makeshift starting lineup.

Coach Scott Brooks said Durant's status remains day-to-day since he suffered the injury in the fourth quarter against New Orleans last Monday. “It's improved a lot, every day,” Brooks said.

The Thunder's next game is Sunday at home against Golden State. “Kevin will get treatment (Saturday) and we'll re-address it on Sunday,” Brooks said.

CARLESIMO-BROOKS REUNITED

Former Thunder coach P.J. Carlesimo is now an assistant with the Raptors. Though he and Brooks have frequently chatted since Carlesimo was fired as Thunder coach on Nov. 22, 2008, Thursday night at dinner was the first time they had visited face-to-face.

“He has a great family. He's a good man,” Brooks said of Carlesimo. “I'm happy he's back coaching, because that's what he is. He belongs on an NBA bench.”

Asked what he learned most from Carlesimo as an assistant, Brooks said, “His great taste of food.”

Thursday's cuisine? Italian, of course.

NO SLAM DUNK

Toronto second-year guard DeMar DeRozan grew up in Compton, Calif., and played high school ball against Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, who was from nearby Lawndale.

“I swear, (in) 12th grade, he couldn't dunk … he was barely dunking,” DeRozan said. “He wasn't doing nothin' he's doing now. I don't know what's gotten into him. Tell him I said that, too.”

It's the truth. Westbrook admitted he couldn't dunk until the end of his senior season in high school and got to where he is now with hard work and weight training.

DeRozan called Westbrook “the most childish, goofy dude you've ever seen. I can't explain it (Westbrook's astounding improvement). It's crazy. He's one of the top three exciting point guards to watch.”



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