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Kevin Durant dominant in OKC Thunder's preseason win

by Darnell Mayberry Published: October 15, 2013

“I think that is manufactured through the media,” Brooks said. “The pressure is to play as hard as you can and to play for your teammates every single night. If you do that, everything will work itself out.”

It might simply be the stress-free exhibition season, but Durant is playing as loose as we've ever seen him. He's showing more confidence in all aspects and leading his younger teammates with words of wisdom.

“But I also don't want to talk too much,” Durant said. “I just want to let them play and go through it and learn from mistakes just like people let me do it. I want to be a leader and help them out, but I also want them to just go out there and play their games and play off instincts. I don't want them to be robots out there.”

A growing area of concern is the Thunder's 3-point shooting. Oklahoma City went 5-for-17 from downtown Tuesday, meaning everyone not named Kevin Durant combined to shoot 1-for-9 beyond the arc.

In three preseason games, Durant is 8-for-17 from behind the 3-point line. The rest of the team is 5-for-41 from that distance.

“It's definitely something that we talk about,” Brooks said. “As a group we want to be a good 3-point shooting team. We feel like we have good 3-point shooters. But we're not pushing the panic button after three exhibition games. But the 3-point ball is powerful. It's a great shot in today's game. You have to be able to knock it in.”