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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich praises Kevin Durant

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Durant: “Kevin's turning into Amare Stoudemire for us. No matter how we guard him, he scores 30.”
by Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater Published: November 27, 2013

Before Wednesday's game between Oklahoma City and San Antonio, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was asked about the defensive development of forward Kawhi Leonard and if that changes the way he gameplans for Kevin Durant.

“No,” Popovich explained. “Kevin's turning into Amare Stoudemire for us. No matter how we guard him, he scores 30. We'd done everything to Amare over the years when he was in Phoenix. The game would end, I'd look at the stat sheet and he'd have 30. Some nights he'd have 38.”

“Same thing with Kevin. He's going to figure out some way to score. We try to stop him but he still gets his shots off, gets to the line and does what he does, no matter what. That's who Kevin Durant is. That's why he's so great.”


Thunder forward Nick Collison thinks it's time observers stop separating his team into two groups: veterans and youngsters.

“We want to kind of stop referring to them as those guys and us guys,” Collison said. “I think we're kind of past that. We want to all play well and try to help all of our teammates out.”

But the younger players in the second unit, Collison said, are coming along well.

“They're getting a better feel for how to play and they're more comfortable and they're really good players,” Collison said. “I think that's the most important thing. They have a lot of talent and ability, and now that they're figuring out how to play more than they were earlier in the year it's really good for us. You can see some improvement.”

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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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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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