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Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant enjoys having the ball in his hands more

It's a good thing. Because the primary ball-handler is what Durant must now be more regularly in the wake of Russell Westbrook being lost for the remainder of the playoffs.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 28, 2013

A team that led by as many as 26 in the second quarter made just 12 field goals in the second half and was outscored 52-38 in the final 24 minutes.

“Anytime you lose a superstar like Russ that takes so much pressure off of the team offensively, especially with him having the ball in his hands so much,” said Kevin Martin. “You're missing that point guard that can control the game, and that's what you seen in cases last night.”

Thunder coach Scott Brooks on Saturday made it a point to try to slow down the pace without Westbrook. Moving forward, that might be the only way one league's highest scoring and most efficient teams can maintain much of its high-powered attack.

Brooks, though, is cautious to not tinker too much too soon.

“We will make a few minor adjustments,” Brooks said. “We don't want to change everything and throw so many things at guys and expect them to pick things up and be comfortable with a lot of adjustments. We just want to throw a few things (at them).”