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Kevin Durant, Jeff Green to return to the starting lineup tonight for OKC Thunder

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: November 22, 2010 at 4:16 pm •  Published: November 22, 2010
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The Oklahoma City Thunder will have its full roster available again tonight when it takes on Minnesota inside the Oklahoma City Arena.

Kevin Durant and Jeff Green both will return to the lineup after brief absences due to sprained left ankles.

Both will resume their customary roles in the starting lineup, Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. Serge Ibaka and James Harden, who had started while Durant and Green were inactive, will return to the bench.

“It feels good,” said Green about the ankle that caused him to miss seven of the past eight games. “I had two good workouts the past two days. So it feels pretty good.”

Durant, the league’s leading scorer at 28 points per game, missed the past two games after rolling his ankle last Wednesday against Houston. The Thunder went 2-0 without Durant and 6-1 without Green.

Now, Brooks is looking for the same consistency with Green and Durant in the lineup that the Thunder showed in holding Boston and Milwaukee to 82.5 points without them.

“What makes us good is when we have good balance,” Brooks said. “And we have to have that going forward.”

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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