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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Top seed not OKC's primary focus

The Thunder continues to insist that these last six games are about getting better rather than securing the top spot.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 6, 2013

The Thunder presumably will work in shifts defending Anthony, with Durant, Thabo Sefolosha and Serge Ibaka taking turns and everyone nearby lending a hand whenever possible.

New York guard Iman Shumpert likely will be assigned to Durant.

Anthony missed the March 7 game against OKC with a sore right knee.


Ibaka registered one assist in the Thunder's 22-point win at Indiana, but it was a beauty, a backdoor bounce pass to Durant, who finished with a layup and a three-point play.

Durant had just two points on 1-for-4 shooting before that play and ended up finishing with a game-high 34 points.

“Serge is a good passer and he seen a great backdoor pass to me,” Durant said. “That got me going right there. That one got me going. I was 1-for-4 and after that one I just felt good about myself.”

Ibaka has increased his assist average in each of his first four seasons, going from 0.1 as a rookie to 0.6 this season. No pass from Ibaka this year illustrated how much he's grown like Friday's backdoor bounce pass to Durant.

“That's something that as his career goes he's going to be able to make those catches and make those plays,” Brooks said. “


Durant shook off a scary injury just before halftime Friday at Indiana and said after the game that he will be OK after sustaining a left calf contusion.

“It's just one of them unfortunate situations,” Durant said. “I tried to go for the rebound and Serge was jumping at the same time. And as he was jumping his knee hit the back of my leg. So I'll be all right. I just got to ice it and I'll be cool.”

Collison, meanwhile, cut his left pinkie finger Friday night, resulting in blood trickling on various spots on the floor.

“I just sliced it near the nail and it won't stop bleeding,” Collison said. “It's kind of a strange thing. I think my blood's thin. That's what the doctor told me, so it won't stop bleeding.”

Collison's finger injury joins a nagging list of nicks and knacks that include bruised ribs and a shiner above his right eye.

“It's all minor stuff so it's good,” Collison said. “No cartilage, no knees, nothing big. So I'm good.”


Indiana coach Frank Vogel: “Kevin Durant is ridiculous. Just an elite, elite scorer.”

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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