Kevin Durant was named the Western Conference Player of the Week. He led the Thunder to a 4-0 week, highlighted by wins over Boston and Dallas. Durant averaged 31.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.5 steals. Durant established the single-season franchise mark for points. Durant has scored 2,258 points, surpassing Dale Ellis’ 2,553 points 20 years ago when the team was in Seattle.
Playoff possibilitiesThe Thunder, in sixth place overall in the Western Conference, most likely will finish as the No. 6, 7 or 8 seed but could finish as high as second. One game in the loss column behind Dallas, Utah, Phoenix and Denver — four teams locked in a four-way tie for second, third, fourth and fifth — the Thunder plays three of those teams the final 10 days. If the Thunder wins its final six games, finishing the regular season on a 10-game winning streak, Oklahoma City would be assured of being the No. 3 seed, passing the Jazz, Suns and Nuggets because of tiebreakers. OKC could finish as the No. 2 seed if Dallas loses at least one game. But if the Thunder goes 4-2 or 3-3 over its last six games, there’s a good chance it would finish as the No. 8 seed and play the Lakers in the first round.
Krstic’s alley oop dunkLate in the first half Sunday against Minnesota, Durant took an outlet pass on a fast break near half-court, took a couple of dribbles and tossed an alley oop pass to Nenad Krstic for a slam dunk. Durant was asked if it’s the first time he set up the Thunder center for an alley oop. "I think that’s the first alley oop of his career,” Durant said, smiling. "He got up on that one, too. It got the crowd going and got everybody on the bench going. It was fun to see.”
Off dayThe Thunder did not practice Monday. Coach Scott Brooks gave players the day off before the team left Monday afternoon for tonight’s game in Salt Lake City. Riding a four-game winning streak, Oklahoma City played five games in eight days. "There’s no doubt we needed the day off,” Brooks said. "We needed to rest our minds and our bodies and get our energy back. We need to get our defensive disposition back and start playing better defense.”
66ers make playoffsThe Tulsa 66ers, the Thunder’s D-League affiliate, qualified for the playoffs. The 66ers open a best-of-3 series against Sioux Falls on Thursday in Tulsa at the BOK Center. Game 2 against will be held Friday in Sioux Falls. If a third game is necessary, it will be held Sunday in Sioux Falls.