Brooks said he would like to keep the starter’s minutes in the low-to-mid 20-minute range and limit Krstic to a little less as he recuperates from a long summer.
HARDEN SHOWS VERSATILITY
Harden had 12 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in his debut.
"I did all right,” Harden said. "I could have done some things better, but overall I think I did some pretty good things out there as far as helping my teammates out on the defensive end. But I’ve still got a long way to go and a lot of work to do.”
CLOSER TO CAPTAINS
Brooks has spoken to Durant and Green about serving as the team’s two captains this season.
"I’m leaning toward making the decision soon,” Brooks said. "I just want to make sure that whoever I choose, they understand that role. I take it serious. I’ve been around some great captains, and I’ve been around some not-so-great captains. That role is important. You are the coach of the team when the coach is not around. So I take pride in naming that position.”
Said Durant: "It means a lot. I’ve got to set the tone each and every day. I’m still working on it. Me and Jeff have a long way to go as far as being perfect leaders. But that’s what we’re striving toward, and I think our teammates do a great job of listening and making us feel like we’re captains.”
did not travel with the team to Memphis after sustaining a mild concussion in Monday’s practice. He could return to the lineup Saturday. ... Nick Collison
(sprained right ankle) and Kevin Ollie
did not play. ... Memphis guard Allen Iverson
did not play with a left hamstring injury and will miss three weeks.