Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant named Western Conference Player of the Month

It is Durant's second Player of the Month award this season. He also won for the month of November.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 5, 2013

Kevin Durant earned Western Conference Player of the Month honors for March, the NBA announced Friday.

It is Durant's second Player of the Month award this season. He also won for the month of November.

Durant helped the Thunder to a 12-5 record in March, averaging a league-leading 27.6 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists while shooting 48 percent from the field and 90 percent from the foul line. Durant scored at least 20 points 16 times and had 30 points or more seven times.

DURANT SHAKEN UP

Just before the halftime buzzer Friday at Indiana, Durant went down in pain after colliding with Serge Ibaka while crashing the glass on a last-season shot attempt.

Durant remained on the floor underneath the basket in front of the Thunder's bench for a moment before walking into the locker room on his own power.

A team official said the injury was a left calf contusion.

Durant returned to the court to warm up before near the end of halftime and started the third quarter. He made the first basket in the second half, converting a runner 33 seconds into the third period.

ZONE BUSTERS

OKC has historically struggled attacking zone defenses, but Thunder coach Scott Brooks said his team has seen the scheme enough that he thinks players should be comfortable countering it.

“All it is is just moving the ball and using our abilities to create open shots and finding great shots,” Brooks said. “It's part of our growth as a team. We see that we don't have to get on our heels and not run what we were going to run. We can run any play against it. All it takes is good spacing and good ball movement.”

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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