“He's having a terrific year and continues to get better,” Stotts said. “He continues to improve. Obviously he has a defensive impact on the game, his shotblocking, his individual defense and he's turning into a very good perimeter shooting.”
In the first quarter of Tuesday night's game, Durant was called for an offensive foul after he appeared to shove off on Blazers forward Nicolas Batum, in an effort to get separation.
But Durant didn't agree, yelling “that's a flop” at the referee and earning a technical. It was his ninth T of the season, putting him in third in the NBA. DeMarcus Cousins is atop the league with 13.
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Portland is the only team in the NBA to start the same five players in every game this season. By comparison, each of the Thunder's traditional five starters has missed at least one game this year.
Following Tuesday night's game, each teams was to board separate planes and head to the same place: Los Angeles. The Blazers will complete the first half of their season against the Clippers on Wednesday night, while the Thunder will finish its on Thursday against the Lakers. Tip is at 9:30 p.m. on TNT.