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Scott Brooks, Mike Krzyzewski praise Kevin Durant's defense.
By John Rohde, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: October 15, 2010 at 8:33 pm •  Published: October 15, 2010
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/articleid/3504907/1/pictures/1190790">Photo - Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) shoots the ball over CSKA Moscow's Ramunas Siskauskas (9) during the preseason NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and CSKA Moscow in Oklahoma City, Thursday, October 14, 2010. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) shoots the ball over CSKA Moscow's Ramunas Siskauskas (9) during the preseason NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and CSKA Moscow in Oklahoma City, Thursday, October 14, 2010. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

"I've come a long way, but I don't think I'm one of the best on the team yet," Durant said. "I try to play as hard as I can, man. I try to use little tricks I've got, use my length (7-foot-5 wingspan) to try and get my hands on the basketball, deflect the basketball. My lateral quickness could be a lot better.

"It feels good for two great defensive coaches to say that about me. Gives me a little confidence, but I know I can keep getting better in that area."

ALDRICH RUNS AFOUL

Brooks said he is not concerned about rookie center Cole Aldrich fouling out of the last two games, and in an elapsed time of 26 1/2 minutes.

"Every rookie has to go through a learning curve of what's a foul and what's not a foul," Brooks said. "He's setting good screens, and I told him I want him to continue to set good screens. It's a fine line of what's a legal pick and not a legal pick.

"He's not going to play a lot of minutes, but he is going to play enough that we do need him. With the fouls, he needs to play and figure out ways to stay on the floor."

NOTEWORTHY

Aldrich left Friday's practice early with a minor shoulder injury. "He's OK," Brooks said.... Guard Thabo Sefolosha, who sat out of Thursday's game with an injured right pinkie, returned to practice Friday.... The Thunder does not practice today. It will practice Sunday before leaving for San Antonio, where it will play Monday, followed by a game in Denver on Tuesday. The Thunder's final preseason game is next Thursday against New Orleans in the Ford Center.


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