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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant's expanding role unrelated to James Harden trade

Durant handling the ball more frequently has evolved a bit each season, particularly during last year's run to the NBA Finals.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: November 5, 2012

The Thunder studied film before taking the court at Monday's practice, which Brooks labeled “a good session.”


The early stats aren't all that good for OKC.

“It is early,” Brooks said. “We have to put everything into perspective. After three games, it's not panic button or anything.”

Where the 1-2 Thunder ranks in various statistical categories out of 30 NBA teams:

*30th in steals (4.0 per game; 2.0 behind closest team)

*29th in opponent turnovers (12.0)

*27th in turnover differential (plus-5.0)

*T20th in turnovers (17.0)

*19th in assist-to-turnover (1.24)

*T18th in scoring (95.0)

*17th in assists (21.0)

*T16th in opponent assists (21.3)

*T16th in opponent steals (8.3)

On the positive side:

*First in opponents' blocks (1.7)

*Fourth in blocks (8.0)

*Fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (. 438)

*Sixth in opponent 3-point field goal percentage (. 314)

*Eighth in free-throw percentage (. 805)

*Ninth in opponent field-goal percentage (. 430)

*10th in points allowed (94.0)

QUOTABLEDurant on teammate Serge Ibaka: “He's the funniest guy off the court and in the locker room. He's learning how to speak English, so I think that makes it a little bit funnier. He's just a joy to have. He lives right next door to me. He's always bugging me, coming in my house, just walking into my house and eating my food. All my snacks and all my Pop Tarts, chips and all that. I've grown to really get close to Serge as a brother, man. It's somebody I enjoy having around.”


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