Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant takes a step back

OKC star trying a shot that has been perfected by Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: December 19, 2011

Durant has excelled at the move the previous two seasons, resulting in several trips to the free-throw line.

Durant made 13 of 14 free throws against the Mavs, but none came because of the rip move. Durant finished with 21 points on just five field-goal attempts.

“I guess you guys (reporters) think I do the rip move every play to get to the free-throw line, which is false,” Durant said. “I was just trying to be aggressive to the rim (against Dallas). Coach (Scott Brooks) drew up some good plays for me to get into good positions to be aggressive. I got the whistle a little bit (Sunday) night. I've got to continue to put that pressure on the defense and try to get to the line and also try to find my teammates as well.”

PLAYER UPDATES

Thunder forward Lazar Hayward, acquired last Tuesday from Minnesota, is day-to-day with a thumb injury. … OKC waived guard Anthony Goods from its training camp roster Monday. … Nowitzki and Kidd did not play Sunday, but are expected to start Tuesday night at 7 inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. … Mavs guard Jason Terry, who became ill before Monday's practice, will not make the trip. … The status of forward Brandan Wright, who missed Sunday's game due to illness, is unknown.

UP NEXT

After Tuesday night's final exhibition game against Dallas, the Thunder opens the regular season on Christmas Day at 7 p.m. against the Orlando Magic inside Chesapeake Arena. OKC plays five games in seven days next week – Orlando, at Minnesota next Monday, at Memphis on Dec. 28, home against Dallas on Dec. 29 and home against Phoenix on New Year's Eve.

- John Rohde