Oklahoma City Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch chat. Read the entire chat recap here.
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On forward Kevin Durant's 33 points against the Miami Heat:
Sunday was a big step in Durant's evolution. He showed up on the big stage and had success against the Heat in most all facets. His 2-for-10 shooting in the second half wasn't encouraging. But he got to the free throw line 19 times and never backed down against a big, bad Miami team.
On the new "rivalry" between the Thunder and Heat:
[It's] all hype. They play each other twice a season. And rivalries are born in playoff basketball, not the regular season. So if these two teams were to meet in June and tempers flare and it's a physical series, then, yes, we'd be closer to considering this a rivalry. As of today, after one game, it's extremely premature.
On guard Daequan Cook playing more in the second half of the season:
I expect Thabo Sefolosha to return for Wednesday's game against the Hornets.
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