CLIPPERS COACH CALLS KD THE MVP
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.”