OKC Thunder notebook: Caron Butler to play in Tuesday's game against Sixers

Butler went through his first Thunder practice on Monday. Coach Scott Brooks said he is not afraid to throw Butler into the fire despite limited time to get comfortable with new teammates.
Oklahoman Published: March 3, 2014
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DURANT GROWING THROUGH STRUGGLES

Kevin Durant hit a rare rough patch on Sunday night against Charlotte.

After making five of his first six shots, Durant missed 14 straight. But to close out the game, Durant nailed three of his last five to help seal the Thunder win.

After the game, he was asked how he kept so confident through a rough stretch.

“Not think about it and keep shooting,” Durant said. “I get a lot of shots, man. There’s going to be nights when they feel like that and I started off pretty hot, felt good, then I tailed off a little bit...It’s just all about how I fight through it.”

But, Durant said, he wasn’t always like that. There was a time when a bad game would linger and affect his overall play.

“I think I’ve grown since two or three years ago where I have would have an attitude after missing a few shots,” Durant said. “I would get down, and it would affect my play. I just try to keep my head up and next time a shot comes through, try to knock it down.”

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Durant, with a wry smile, on the atmosphere at the OSU-Kansas game: “Oh man, it was unbelievable...but nothing like a Texas game.”

DOWN ON THE FARM

Reggie Williams of the Tulsa 66ers, the Thunder’s NBADL affiliate, was named Performer of the Week. The point guard averaged 25.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.3 steals to help Tulsa win three games last week. ...Guard Mustafa Shakur was selected by the league as its Player of the Month. He helped the 66ers to an 8-2 record in February. Shakur averaged 20.4 points, 7.1 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 3.0 steals. He scored in double figures all 10 games.

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com'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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