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Darnell Mayberry: Thunder's Kevin Durant took a step forward against the Miami Heat

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: January 31, 2011 at 2:07 pm •  Published: January 31, 2011

The Oklahoman's Oklahoma City Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch chat. Read the entire chat recap here. Participate in our Power Lunch chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at NewsOK.com/sports

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. Darnell Mayberry's Mailbag Chat Recap: Darnell Mayberry

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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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