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Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant sits out practice

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: January 9, 2010
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Kevin Durant, fourth in the NBA in scoring, didn’t practice Friday. Slowed by a sprained ankle he suffered Monday night in Chicago, Durant is questionable for tonight’s game but probably will play, according to coach Scott Brooks.

"We’ll see how he feels (Saturday), but he was feeling pretty good today,” Brooks said.

IS OKC BASKETBALL PURGATORY?

That’s the headline on ESPN.com writer Scoop Jackson’s Page 2 story. Jackson, though, writes Oklahoma City might not have the nightlife as big cities, but most players view road trips as a time to venture out. Jackson writes Thunder players spend time together at the practice facility and go to each other’s houses for barbecues and video games.

Durant is quoted: "People always ask, ‘Wouldn’t you rather be in Miami or LA? I always tell them, ‘No.’ This place is perfect for me.”

Durant also said: "I come from a big city (Washington, D.C.) You can get tired of tall buildings after a while. Man, I live across the street from a farm (in Edmond).”

WATSON’S RETURN

Earlier this week, Earl Watson replaced T.J. Ford as Indiana’s starting point guard. Last season in Oklahoma City, Watson opened the season as the starting point guard, served as Russell Westbrook’s backup for three months, then sat on the bench the final month so the organization could evaluate Chucky Atkins.

"We had to figure out our options at that time,” Brooks said. "Chucky got a few extra minutes down the stretch. Kyle (Weaver) got some minutes at the point. Earl was a professional all year... Earl is doing a good job for them. It’s part of the game. Players get moved to other teams.”

Watson is averaging 7.3 points, 3.8 assists and 1.2 steals.

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