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OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant not worried about dip in free throw percentage

by Anthony Slater Published: March 25, 2014

For a vast majority of NBA players, an 86-percent clip from the free throw line is something they can only dream about.

For Kevin Durant, it’s just a disappointing number that represents his second-lowest mark in the past five seasons.

And of late, it’s been slowly dipping. Durant shot 85 percent from the line in February and, entering Tuesday, was only 82 percent in March. Still a strong conversion rate, but considering how many he takes — Durant is the league leader at 10.1 attempts per game — it’s a noticeable difference.

In the past month, Durant has missed five in a game twice and six in a game once. He’s gone a full season without doing that before. But he doesn’t seem worried.

“I would love to make them all, but it definitely doesn’t frustrate me,” Durant said. “I just got to keep working on them and knock them down when I get a chance.”

Despite shooting 50 percent overall and 40 percent from 3-point range, with 11 games left, Durant has virtually no chance at a repeat 50-40-90 season because of the free throws.

KD on Dirk

Before Tuesday’s game against the Mavericks, Durant reiterated to the Dallas media his basketball love for Dirk Nowitzki.

“Yeah,” Durant said when asked if Nowitzki was his favorite current player. “It’s probably a tie between him and Kobe. He’s one of those guys that you can tell is so humble, puts in a lot of work. Not really a flashy guy, just go out there and drop 30 points easy.”

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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