Following his 28-point, nine-rebound effort in Tuesday's 110-105 loss at Memphis, Thunder forward Kevin Durant singled himself out for numerous mistakes that he labeled correctable.
Durant finished with a game-high six turnovers and missed badly on an ill-advised 31-foot shot on a potential game-tying possession inside the final 15 seconds. Durant specifically pointed to that last-minute heave as one of his biggest mistakes, as well as playing in a crowd and holding on to the ball too long.
“It's all a learning experience for me,” Durant said. “I just got to keep pushing.”
ROUND THREE AGAINST DALLAS
The Dallas Mavericks have had the Thunder's number this season, winning the first two meetings in runaway fashion in Oklahoma City. Dallas will be short-handed Thursday night after losing starting small forward Caron Butler to a season-ending knee injury. The Mavericks also could be without leading scorer Dirk Nowitzki, who injured his right knee in their 103-93 win over the Thunder on Dec. 27.
Durant remembered Dallas' defense, which smothered the Thunder and forced OKC into outside shots.
“We know they're a team that's going to zone us. So we got to work on our zone offense,” Durant said. “We got to fine tune our defense, our transition defense. … We got to guard those guys to the best of our ability. We know they're a tough team. They score a lot of points, but we've got to try to offset that.”
MAYNOR'S FOOT PROGRESSING
Eric Maynor shook off a sprained right foot that threatened to keep him out of Tuesday's game, played 9 minutes, 44 seconds against the Grizzlies and contributed four points, two rebounds and one assist. He said after the game that his foot is fine.
“I'm just treating it as much as possible,” Maynor said. “When I'm sitting down, it gets stiff. I just try to keep moving it around as I'm sitting down. It still gets stiff, though.”
Thunder coach Scott Brooks on his team's loss to Memphis: “They were hot early. They were making shots and we were not making them miss. And that's a bad combination if you want to get road wins in this league.”