After Tuesday’s shootaround, Kendrick Perkins spent some extra time with Steven Adams, instructing the Thunder rookie on how to effectively guard Rockets center Dwight Howard.
At least for a game, it seemed to have worked.
In his 24 minutes, Adams held his own against the perennial All-Star, blocking his shot once and frustrating him into a couple loose ball fouls and a technical.
“Experience is the best teacher,” Kevin Durant said. “There’s so much coaches can tell you. Having Perk, he’s been through it, guarded some of the best. To help a guy like Steven, 20-year-old rookie, try to find his way.”
Howard finished with a quiet nine points on 4-of-12 shooting.
Tulsa breaks D-League attendance record
The Tulsa 66ers broke the NBA D-League’s attendance record.
And they did it in Oklahoma City, with Chesapeake Energy Arena holding Field Trip Day for students on Tuesday morning, with kids from 84 cities and four surrounding states making up the crowd of 11,423 fans.
Tulsa lost, 117-109, to the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
The 66ers were led by Reggie Williams, a Thunder assignee, who put up 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
Later in the day, Williams was recalled and suited up against the Rockets, but did not play.
KD vs Lil B
In recent days, a strange social media beef has emerged across the digital world between Kevin Durant and rapper Lil B.
The Bay Area based artist, apparently, has called out Durant in the past, challenging him one-on-one. But in the past week, he released an expletive-filled diss track, aimed at the Thunder superstar.
“I don’t know who that is. Who is that?” Durant said when asked of Lil B pregame, with a hint of sarcasm. “He needs some attention, I guess. Whoever that is, he needs some help.”
Stat of the night
Durant has scored 25 or more points in 29 straight games, tying a career-high streak.
The Thunder gets somewhat of a revenge game on Thursday, with the conference-worst Lakers coming into Oklahoma City for an 8:30 tipoff on TNT. LA shocked OKC on Sunday at Staples Center.