Thunder players on Denver Nuggets: Kevin Durant — ‘They're physical. They play hard.'

BY JOHN ROHDE Staff Writer jrohde@opubco.com Published: April 13, 2011

The Northwest Division champion Thunder will face the Denver Nuggets in a best-of-seven opening-round playoff series:

Nick Collison: “They're an explosive team. They've been scoring in bunches. They're the type of team if they get momentum, they can be really difficult to stop.”

Kevin Durant: “It's going to be tough. Both teams are going to grind it out. They're physical. They play hard. It's going to be tough, but we're looking forward to that challenge. We respect them as a team. We have a humble approach to everything, but we do play with an edge. When we're on the floor, of course we're going to play with an edge.”

Eric Maynor: “Homecourt means a lot. We've got some great fans and we're looking forward to this. It was great playing at home last year, so we're looking forward to it this year. What we went through in the playoffs last year helps a lot. We know what to expect.”

Thabo Sefolosha: “I can tell our team is a lot more relaxed right now. The confidence right now is high, so it's definitely a good thing.”

Daequan Cook: “Experience is the key, and having the mindset that each and every game is important, each and every possession is important. This is the playoffs. This is what you expect. It's going to be a very physical, very brutal game. It's important right now. A lot of guys don't want to go home.”

Collison: “It's not going to matter about who's got home court or anything else. All that happened in the past. It's going to be about what's going to be going on at tipoff, and that's where our mind is going to be at.”


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