OKC Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant questionable for Tuesday's game with wrist injury

Durant did some light shooting during practice. Coach Scott Brooks said Durant will be evaluated before Tuesday's game.
by Anthony Slater Published: January 13, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots defended by Milwaukee Bucks center Ekpe Udoh (5) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. Oklahoma City won 101-85. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots defended by Milwaukee Bucks center Ekpe Udoh (5) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. Oklahoma City won 101-85. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

SAM PRESTI ON THE BENCH

Additionally, Presti seemed think this additional time would help various players, giving them added opportunity to grow.

“(We need to) use it productively so that we're a better team, a more fully formed team, when he returns than the one he last played on, on Christmas Day,” Presti told the Sports Animal.

But he also is well-aware of the struggles that have manifested in Westbrook's absence, particularly in OKC's once-productive but now scuffling bench.

“Earlier this season, the bench was our greatest strength … That group of players had come together and really optimized themselves,” Presti said. “Now, with the injury, obviously there has to be some adjustments. And that affects everybody. It doesn't just affect Reggie (Jackson), it doesn't just affect Jeremy (Lamb), it affects the starters, the bench and on down the line. We have to find ourselves there, but to think there would be a seamless transition would be a bit fairy-tale like.”

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STAT OF THE DAY

The Thunder is 7-5 this season without Westbrook. That .583 winning percentage is higher than all but two Eastern Conference teams — the Pacers and Heat.


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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