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Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant gives his take on what's gone wrong

A little more effort by everyone will do wonders, but K.D. said the Thunder could easily be 3-0.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: November 5, 2012

/articleid/3725928/1/pictures/1876259">Photo - Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant (35) shoots over Atlanta Hawk's Zaza Pachulia (27) as the Atlanta Hawks defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-95 in NBA basketball at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant (35) shoots over Atlanta Hawk's Zaza Pachulia (27) as the Atlanta Hawks defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-95 in NBA basketball at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

On many of your turnovers, it seems like you're trying to make the right play.

“Last night I had a few where they stripped the ball from me. I had six (turnovers) last night and I think four of them were when I was trying to make the right pass. There's a few where I threw the ball too hard to my bigs and it went through their hands. There were a few I wish I could have made a stronger pass. I've got good intentions, I think. I've just got to continue to keep working at it, watching film and see where I can get better.”

Do your teammates have to adjust to the passing version of Kevin Durant?

“That sounds bad, though, like I never passed the ball before. I guess I've just got to slow it down a bit and make a simpler pass. It's not on my teammates. It's on me to make a good pass … I'm a work in progress.”

You're averaging 41.7 minutes a game. How long can you continue to play 40 minutes a game?

[Smiling] “For about 10 years. I feel good. Every time I come out of the game, I'm ready to go back in 30 seconds later. On the court, I don't feel tired.”

What have you done to become a better passer?

“I learned how to pass when I was real young. That's one thing I always knew how to do was find the open man. Once I got so big (scoring took over) … I can score the basketball, but I think I can pass pretty well or I can make the correct pass. I'm not the type of guy who's just going to throw the ball inbounds to a guy who's wide open. I can make the right pass.”

Other than at Rucker Park, have you ever handled the ball this much?

“Not really. I feel good doing it. It's not like guys are stripping me at half-court or I'm just losing the ball dribbling. I think I'm handling the ball pretty well, just trying to make good passes, man.”


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