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Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant says referees did ‘a great job'

By John Rohde, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: May 24, 2011
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Though several key calls went against them in Game 4, Thunder players did not complain about the officiating.

Reserve forward Nick Collison was whistled for a foul while reaching around Dirk Nowitzki and diving for the ball after deflecting an entry pass.


The foul came with 6.4 seconds left in regulation and allowed Nowitzki to tie the score with two free throws.

Asked if he was surprised by the whistle, Collison said, “Yeah, I was surprised. I was on the high side of him, so I knew I needed to make a play on the ball so he didn't get a layup. There was contact there. It was an unfortunate call for us. I got a hand on the ball. I wish it could have been different, for sure.”

All-Star forward Kevin Durant struggled to adjust to the officiating through the night while enduring constant contact from defender Shawn Marion, among others. Durant also tried a “rip” move three times in Game 4, but failed to draw a foul.

“The refs did a great job,” Durant said. “I've got to be stronger. Of course, that's the move I always do, but I should have tried to get it up to the rim and maybe they would have called the foul. That's on me. I thought the refs did a great job.”

EARLY DEPARTURE

Because of approaching severe weather Tuesday, the Thunder bumped up its flight to Dallas by 90 minutes and departed at 2 p.m.

Center Kendrick Perkins was granted permission to miss the free-throw portion of practice to return home to help prepare his family for potential storm precautions.

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