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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant viewed his 25-point scoring streak as a distraction

Kevin Durant explained that he didn’t feel comfortable with the attention the streak brought because it took away from his team.
Oklahoman Published: April 9, 2014

“Kevin hit the nail on the head last week,” Brooks said. “The record is 80. The league started in, like, ’46, not the class of ’84. No disrespect to all the other guys, but the record’s 80. Wilt Chamberlain’s one of the greatest players ever. He has the record of having consistency.”


If Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers had a vote for the Most Valuable Player award he’d cast it for Durant.

“I think Durant’s had the best year,” Rivers said. “I still think LeBron (James) is the best player in the NBA. But I think Durant has had an MVP year. I really believe that. I don’t know who has had a better year.”

Rivers went on to say Blake Griffin would be second or third in his book.

“I think second because I’m coaching him,” Rivers said.

Durant said he was flattered at Rivers’ statements.

“To get the respect from your peers and your coaches that you play against, I’d rather have that than from you guys (the media),” Durant said. “But Doc Rivers is a champion, a great coach. And for him to say that about me is flattering; very humbling.”


The Thunder played Wednesday with its full complement of players for the first time since Feb. 20 and just the second time since Christmas. …The Thunder will return to Oklahoma City on Thursday afternoon. … Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, a leading candidate for Sixth Man of the Year, missed his fifth straight game with a left calf strain. Crawford averaged 24.7 points in three games against the Thunder this season. …Clippers forward Matt Barnes missed the previous two days of practice while dealing with strep throat and was still battling the illness during Wednesday’s game. Said Rivers: “If we played Oklahoma in the first round, we’d absolutely have him rub up against (Durant). Get him a little sick.”

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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