uot;In games, when you need scoring you got to get them scoring. When you need playmaking he can be a playmaker. Deron is one of the best at doing that.”
Durant reacts to the passing of Abe Pollin
never knew Abe Pollin
personally. But the Thunder’s star forward and Washington, D.C., native was saddened by the passing of the Washington Wizards owner Tuesday and called the news "devastating.” Pollin was 85 and had suffered from supranuclear palsy, a rare brain disorder.
"He meant a lot,” Durant said of Pollin’s impact on basketball in the District. "He basically made the Wizards.
"If you go downtown, he has his own avenue there right in front of the arena. And so he was Wizards basketball, and you can kind of say he was like the founder of basketball in Washington, D.C. I don’t know about before I was born. But for me coming up, Abe Pollin and what he’s done for the city of D.C. and how much he’s given back. And so it’s a devastating loss.”
The Jazz has established itself as one of the toughest teams to beat at home. Utah has a home record of 477-162 over the past 16 seasons and entered Tuesday’s game against the Thunder with a home mark of 105-24 over the past three-plus seasons.
"Great crowds,” explained Brooks. "It’s always been a great building. And the building, the way it’s set up, basically the crowd is right on top of you. And it’s kind of like our place where it’s loud no matter what time of the year it is, opening game through January, February. And when the playoffs are here they even take it up another level.”