Durant: "I’m not an all-star.”Kevin Durant said Monday he shouldn’t be in this year’s All-Star game despite ranking sixth in the league in scoring with a 23.8-point average. "No, I don’t think so,” Durant said when asked if he feels he should be an all-star. "Because one of the requirements is that the team’s got to win. That’s a big part of being an all-star, leading your team to victories. Hopefully, before I’m done in this league I can be one of those, but right now I’m just trying to help this team turn it around and get better.” The Thunder is a league-worst 4-30 entering tonight’s game against the New York Knicks. "I definitely would trade (being a top 10 scorer) for being 30-4 right now,” Durant said. "But it feels good to come in and get better as the year goes on, get better as the summer went on and try to show it in this league.”
DECISIONS, DECISIONSWith Nick Collison (broken thumb), Joe Smith (knee contusion) and Kyle Weaver (ankle) all set to rejoin the Thunder’s lineup, and Nenad Krstic cleared to play, coach Scott Brooks has some tough decisions to make regarding playing time. "Those are decisions that we all want,” Brooks said. "We have to figure out who are the best guys that are going to help us win games. It’s not necessarily the best five guys on the court that are going to help. We have to figure out what’s the best rotation for us to give us the best chance to win.” Brooks said he will use the same starting lineup of Russell Westbrook, Desmond Mason, Durant, Jeff Green and Robert Swift tonight.
NEEDED DAYS OFFThe Thunder got a rare three-day break between games heading into tonight’s game against the Knicks, taking Saturday off before an intense Sunday practice. "It was an opportunity to go over some late-game situations and an opportunity to really drill some of our defensive schemes and get better at those,” said Mason. "When the season starts, you don’t have a lot of practice time, so when you have a stretch like this you definitely want to make sure you take advantage of it.” BY DARNELL MAYBERRY