“With them playing behind (Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook), if you can, in the second half, hit open shots you're going to excel in that role,” Martin said.
The key, according to Martin, is embracing the role.
“Me and James were so much different players,” Martin said. “No disrespect to the guys they have now, but we're 25, 30 point scores on any given night. But we both accepted that role. I think that's the No. 1 thing. You accept that role and just know you're part of something special and just work hard at it.”
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Kevin Durant joked with reporters before the game that the Target Center this summer became his home away from home because of how much time he spent in Minnesota watching fiancee and Minnesota Lynx guard Monica Wright.
“I did. I did. I spent a lot of time here,” Durant said. “I got some people coming to the game. I feel like I'm a part of the city a little bit.”
Minnesota forward Ronny Turiaf left Friday's game with 10:17 remaining in the second quarter after landing hard on his right arm following a rebound attempt. He was listed on the injury report with a right elbow contusion. … Minnesota Lynx forward Seimone Augustus received a standing ovation during a timeout early in the second quarter when she took the court carrying her team's WNBA championship trophy. … Rookie guard Andre Roberson made his NBA debut with 9:16 remaining.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks on Martin — “I hope that he has four horrible games this year.”
The Thunder will play its home opener Sunday against Phoenix. Tip-off is 6 p.m.
BY DARNELL MAYBERRY