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Thunder's Kevin Durant is getting ‘dialed in'

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: December 20, 2010 at 9:43 pm •  Published: December 20, 2010

Kevin Durant has stumbled upon a seasonal sweet spot.

And it might be causing fans to experience déjà vu.

Here in the middle of December, the Oklahoma City Thunder star is again quietly finding his rhythm. It was a year ago Wednesday that Durant started last season's 29-game streak of at least 25 points. And just like last year, Durant now looks dialed in.

Durant enters tonight's game at Charlotte shooting 48.6 percent in December, shaking off a slow shooting start that had some questioning his MVP front-runner label at the start of 2010-11.

Durant started his streak in game No. 27 last season. Tonight marks the Thunder's 29th game but just the 25th for Durant, who has missed four games due to injury. And Durant admitted he senses that he's hitting his stride.

“I feel that a little bit,” Durant said.

Durant's statistics from last season and this year are eerily similar.

In the Thunder's first 26 games last year, Durant averaged 27.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting. He shot just 28.4 percent from 3-point range. Through Durant's first 24 games this season, he's averaging 27.4 points on 43.9 percent shooting, along with a 29.8-percent clip from 3.

But Durant has connected on 46 percent or better from the field in five of his past eight games, and his rhythm and timing have looked much improved from earlier in the year.

Durant credits film study. After his second-worst shooting display this season — a 7-for-22 effort against New Orleans on Nov. 29 — Durant decided to dissect some tape. The results were borderline shocking.

“I wasn't disciplined on my shot,” Durant said. “I was fading on my shot and I wasn't using my proper mechanics. Lately, I've just been trying to stay with my shot.”

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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