Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant cleared to play against Toronto

BY JOHN ROHDE Published: March 19, 2011

Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant, who suffered a bruised left shoulder with 1:40 left in Friday night's 99-82 victory over Charlotte, has been cleared to play for Sunday's 6 p.m. game against Toronto inside Oklahoma City Arena.

Durant participated in the team's 75-minute practice session on Saturday.

"He's fine," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "Just a little sore, but he's fine."

Durant collided with a player while playing defense. Durant said he wasn't sure who the player was, but it appeared to be Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson.

TORONTO REVISITED

In the season's previous meeting at Toronto on Dec. 3, the Thunder led by as many as nine in the first half, but wound up losing 111-99. The contest was held two days after the Thunder's triple-overtime victory at New Jersey.

The Raptors outscored the Thunder 59-40 in the second half and outshot OKC 56.4 percent to 35.7 percent from the field.

"We didn't play well in the second half, but they had a lot to do with it," Brooks recalled. "We ran out of gas is one reason, but we just didn't play well."

The victory gave Toronto an 8-11 record at the time. The Raptors have since gone 11-38 (.224).

TALL TASK

Seven-foot Toronto forward Andrea Bargnani has a game and size similar to Dallas All-Star Dirk Nowitzki.



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