OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant defends his shot attempts

THUNDER NOTEBOOK -- Kevin Durant shot the ball only 13 times in Monday's loss to San Antonio. He's maintained all season that in order for the Thunder to be at its best, everyone must be involved.
by Darnell Mayberry Modified: March 12, 2013 at 6:43 pm •  Published: March 12, 2013
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With Westbrook (18.8) attempting more shots than current scoring leader Durant (17.9), the Thunder could join the 1954-55 Philadelphia Warriors as the only two teams with that distinction.

Neil Johnson won the scoring title for the 1954-55 season, but teammate Paul Arizin attempted two more shots per game that season.

DURANT TAKES BLAME FOR BENCH STRUGGLES

Durant shouldered the blame for the struggles of the Thunder's second unit in Monday's loss at San Antonio.

Oklahoma City's reserves were outscored 34-16 by their Spurs counterparts and watched San Antonio blow open the game both times they were called into action at the start of the second and fourth quarters.

“That's my fault,” Durant said. “I started the second quarter with the bench, and I didn't do a good enough job. That's on me to get those guys going. That's on me to be talkative on defense. That's on me to make sure they get open shots and shoot good shots myself. It wasn't those guys. That was on me. I've got to start off better for us to be a good team if I'm out there playing with the bench.”

MILLSAP BATTLING INJURY

Utah forward Paul Millsap has missed four of the past seven Jazz games with various injuries, and he is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Thunder.

Millsap scored 18 points with 10 rebounds and six assists in only 24 minutes in Utah's 15-point win over the Thunder on Feb. 12.

TIP-INS

Utah defeated the Thunder, 109-94, in the last meeting but has lost seven of its past nine games. … Westbrook's 27 shots Monday were his third most this season. He attempted 28 shots in one game this year and 29 in another. The Thunder is 3-3 this season when Westbrook attempts 26 shots or more. … Oklahoma City is 20-1 at home against Western Conference opponents. … ESPN's broadcast crew for Wednesday's game against the Jazz will consist of play-by-play man Dave Pasch, analyst Hubie Brown and sideline reporter Heather Cox.


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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