Thunder denies it overlooked league-worst Wizards

by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 8, 2013

DURANT VISITS ILL CHILD AREA CHILDREN'S CENTER

Durant on Tuesday made an ill teenage boy's wish come true when he visited him at The Children's Center in Bethany for his birthday.

The Thunder star voluntarily responded to a tweet sent to him by The Children's Center on Monday morning requesting a visit to the center to meet one of his biggest fans.

On Tuesday afternoon, 14-year-old Ramarcus Ervin got a surprise visit from the NBA's three-time scoring champion.

“I wanted to meet Ramarcus as soon as possible,” Durant said in a statement. “I am very blessed I got this opportunity. He's a great kid. To hear people say he's a big fan means a lot to me.”

Ervin, who has limited motor function, requires 24-hour care due to his medical needs and must be on a ventilator. He's been a patient at the center since he was 2 months old.

Durant gave Ervin a pair of autographed signature shoes, a signed Thunder jersey, a signed USA Basketball Olympic jersey and a signed copy of his movie, “Thunderstruck.” Following the visit with Ervin, Durant toured the hospital and met with several other patients as well as employees.

WOLVES WON'T HAVE KEVIN LOVE WEDNESDAY IN OKC

For the third straight game, the Thunder will face a team playing without its best player.

Minnesota power forward Kevin Love has a broken right hand and will miss Wednesday's game against the Thunder. The Timberwolves also have sat point guard Ricky Rubio in recent games because of back spasms. It's unclear if Rubio will play Wednesday.

Oklahoma City also played Washington on Monday without Wall and Toronto on Sunday without Andrea Bargnani.

PERKINS' REBOUNDING PRODUCTION ON THE RISE

One of the biggest criticisms of Perkins has been his lack of rebounding. But lately the Thunder center has increased his production in that department.

Over the past seven games, Perkins has averaged eight rebounds, which includes two season-high 11-rebound efforts over the past four games.

Perkins' improvement has helped the Thunder shoot up to the 10th on the list of the league's best overall rebounding teams and become the seventh-best defensive rebounding team.


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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