OKC Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant defers to Russell Westbrook in intros

Durant has been the last player introduces during the announcement of the starting lineups since the Thunder came to town. That changed Sunday night.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: November 3, 2013
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Kevin Durant has been the last player introduced during the announcement of the starting lineups since the Thunder came to town.

But on Sunday night, Durant volunteered to give up his customary place in introductions. Instead of being last, Durant allowed Russell Westbrook to be the final starter introduced as he rejoined the lineup for the first time since April 24.

And the Chesapeake Energy Arena crowd ate it up.

Westbrook, who customarily is the first player introduced, received a thunderous ovation.

When asked about the gesture, Durant deflected the attention, preferring to not take credit.

Westbrook appreciated hearing his name nonetheless.

“It's a blessing, man,” Westbrook said. “You can't take things like that for granted. Just (having) the opportunity to get your name called and the opportunity to play the game of basketball is great.”

BROADCAST BLACKOUT

A portion of the Thunder's home opener against the Suns was blacked out Sunday night.

Technical difficulties with transmission affected Dish, DirecTV and Cox customers for approximately one minute, according to a team spokesman.

The interruption occurred late in the second quarter.

SHOOTING STRUGGLES CONTINUE

Westbrook's return didn't do anything to help the Thunder's early shooting woes.

OKC missed 11 of its 12 3-point attempts in the first half and was just 1-for-15 through three quarters.

The Thunder finished 2-for-18 from 3-point range. Durant made both the Thunder's 3-pointers.

OKC is now 15-for-68 on 3-point tries in three games.

“Obviously, we've got to shoot the ball much better,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “We can't continue to shoot bad from the 3-point line. I don't want to talk about it much, but it's hard to hide.”

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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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