NBA Finals: Kevin Durant plays through foul trouble

Less than two minutes into the fourth quarter, KD picked up his fifth foul. That forced OKC to change its defense.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: June 15, 2012

A man in a wheelchair said, “Hey, Perk.”

Perkins smiled at the fan and said, “How you doin'?”

The fan quickly pulled out a cellphone and asked Perkins if he could pose for a photo.

Perkins obliged, with a smile.

NBA AFRICA REPRESENTED AT FINALS

The National Basketball Association's vice-president of development in Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall arrived in Oklahoma City in time for Game 2.

Fall, a former director of player personnel and vice president of international affairs for the Dallas Mavericks, works from the NBA offices on Johannesburg, South Africa.

With players like Ibaka, who is from the Congo, and Thabo Sefolosha, whose father is from South Africa, playing in the NBA Finals, Fall said interest in basketball in Africa is at a high point.

Three Thunder players — Ibaka, Sefolosha and Cole Aldridge — will be in South Africa for the 2012 Basketball Without Borders camp.

Sefolosha attended the 2009 camp there.

“When they come in and talk to these kids and (Ibaka) can say six years ago, he was sitting right there, I think it just makes our job even easier,” Fall said. “I could point to kids in Congo or wherever and say, ‘Hey, look at Serge. He was disciplined, he worked hard and he's on his way.'

“You've got to have role models these kids can look up to.”

BARNES ‘UNDERESTIMATED' DURANT

When Durant was preparing to enter the 2007 NBA Draft, his college coach, Texas' Rick Barnes, made a bold prediction.

He said Durant would be the best player in the world by the time he was 25.

Today, Durant is 23 and already is in that conversation.

“That's my fault, because I underestimated him,” Barnes said.

TIP-INS

Westbrook shot 26 times to Durant's 22, dropping the Thunder's record to 25-6, including 7-3 in the playoffs this season, when Westbrook takes more shots than Durant. ... The Thunder didn't score a fast break point until less than four minutes remained in the third and scored the final 10 fast break points of the game. The Thunder outscored Miami 24-4 on the fast break in Game 1. ... The Thunder scored 24 fewer points in the paint than they did in Game 1.

BY RYAN ABER, JOHN ROHDE AND JASON KERSEY


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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