Thunder's Kevin Durant is getting ‘dialed in'

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

Durant didn't have an answer as to why he sputtered to such a slow start, making just 23 percent of his 3-pointer in November after a dominant performance in this summer's FIBA World Championship.

“I wouldn't say I was fatigued,” Durant said.

Durant also denies that added attention by opposing defenses has negatively affected him, often saying he's already seen it all. And Thunder coach Scott Brooks refused to concede that the emergence of point guard Russell Westbrook's offensive game has been a difficult adjustment for Durant to make.

“We got a few guys that have improved offensively,” Brooks said. “Jeff (Green) has gotten better. Serge (Ibaka) has definitely improved. James (Harden), lately, he's been much better. Everybody has to make an adjustment for your team to be successful. And Kevin is not an exception to that rule. Everybody has to sacrifice.”

Durant thinks he has. Unlike last season, Durant boasts of being a more complete player.

“I feel like I'm doing other things for my team to win,” Durant said. “As a player, that's what you want to do. Of course I'm going to get plenty of shots and opportunities to score and I want to capitalize on them. But I want to try to do other things like playing defense, getting steals and assists and getting blocks to help my team.

“It's all about wins and losses here for us. I'm just trying to contribute.”


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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