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Thunder notes: Kevin Durant misses third start of season

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: December 1, 2010 at 11:31 pm •  Published: December 1, 2010
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Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant missed Wednesday night's game at New Jersey with a sprained left knee, and his status is day-to-day going into Friday's game at Toronto.

By that time, Durant will have had three days rest since injuring the knee in the fourth quarter while defending David West in Monday's come-from-behind win against New Orleans in Oklahoma City Arena. "I just fell awkward, kind of sat on my knee a little bit," Durant said. "My knee got caught up under my body."

It was Durant's third missed start of the season. He previously suffered a sprained left ankle, and the Thunder responded by winning back-to-back games at Boston and Milwaukee.

Jeff Green replaced Durant at small forward, and Serge Ibaka started at power forward against the Nets.

"You tell your guys, 'It's not a time that you feel you have to do more. You just have to do what you do and do it well. Just go in there and do your best.' That's been our approach the last two times we played without Kevin and I think the guys have done a really good job with that," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said.

TOUGH TO HANDLE

New Jersey is now 6-13 after Wednesday's gut-wrenching, 123-120 triple-overtime loss to the Thunder, but Brooks likes what he sees.

"It's easy for me to stand up here and say it's tough that one team had to lose," Brooks said. "I give (Nets coach) Avery (Johnson) a lot of credit. He's turning that team around. They're getting better and they're getting better through Avery's work ethic, and you can see it on their team. They gave us everything that we can handle."

UZOH GETS TIME

New Jersey was without point guard Devin Harris, who suffered a strained left knee Tuesday night in a loss against New York inside Madison Square Garden. Harris also will miss Friday's game at Charlotte.

With Harris out, Tulsa product Ben Uzoh became the Nets' backup point guard behind Jordan Farmer.

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