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Three questions with Kevin Durant

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: January 16, 2011 at 5:58 pm •  Published: January 16, 2011

Q: How significant is it for you to play on Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

A: It means a lot to play on a day where a great guy like that sacrificed so much for everybody to be equal. Back then, segregation was big. Today, you see so many different races playing on the floor at once. It's always great to see. It's always fun to play on a holiday like (this). We're going to do our best to try to honor him and play with good sportsmanship, play hard and have fun.

Q: Your shooting stroke has looked great lately. What's been the difference?

A: This last month and a half, before I came back from my injury, I've been (at the practice facility) at 8:30, 8:45 in the morning just working on my form, shooting and lifting weights. And after practice I work out again. Just trying to improve. I just want to get better. I had to change some things up. Hopefully, I continue to just improve. I know I'm not going to have good shooting nights every night. But I can't get down on myself.

Q: You've recently put together several big scoring quarters. Do you feel like you're evolving into that kind of scorer?

A: I just try to capitalize on every opportunity I get. But I've really been trying to focus on being a good fourth-quarter scorer. That's my game. A lot of people might say I need to pass more or I need to play defense more. But I score the basketball. I try to do those other things, but I want to be a good fourth-quarter scorer. And I think lately I've been doing a better job of being more locked in and more focused and not forcing it.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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