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OKC Thunder: For Durant, a night to forget

Oklahoman Modified: October 30, 2008 at 11:40 am •  Published: October 29, 2008

’s felt on the scoreboard and in the psyche.

"I think everybody was pulling for Kevin,” Thunder veteran Desmond Mason said. "Obviously, Kevin is the guy. He’s the guy who’s going to take the bulk of the shots. He’s the go-to guy on this team.”

If the preseason and the season opener proved anything it’s that this team has a variety of guys who can contribute. Three reserves scored in double figures Wednesday, including Chris Wilcox’s team-high 15 points.

That’s a good sign for the Thunder.

Ditto for the late-game comeback. The Thunder made a game of it, nearly cutting the Bucks’ lead to single digits in the fourth quarter despite Durant’s struggles.

Still, this bunch needs its star to shine.

Durant is an amazing talent, but sometimes, he disappears. He’ll have stretches where you have to look around and make sure he’s still on the court. He did it during his one and only season at Texas. He does it still.

That needs to change.

Granted, the season is only a few hours old. This is only one night, only one game. This is no reason to sound the alarm or hit the panic button.

Still, we can already see how important Durant is. The Thunder has several capable sidekicks, but it has to have its superhero if it wants to win games.

He must be better.

He will be better. He will hit his shots. He will spark his team.

He will kick some derriere.

Jenni Carlson: 475-3314. Jenni Carlson can be heard Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m. on KEBC-AM 1340.