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Paul George, Kevin Durant Named Players Of The Week

Nov 30, 2015 2:04 PM

Kevin Durant and Paul George have been named the NBA's Player of the Week.

Both Durant and George were limited by injury last season.

George led the Pacers to a 3-0 week behind an Eastern Conference-leading 37.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals. He shot 54.7 percent from the field, 57.1 percent from three-point range and 86.7 percent from the foul line. On Nov. 24, George tallied 40 points on 14-of-19 shooting, including 7-of-8 from beyond the arc, during a 123-106 win over the Washington Wizards.

Durant led the Thunder to a 3-0 week behind averages of 30.3 points (second in the Western Conference), 8.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.3 blocks (fourth in the Western Conference). He shot 58.5 percent from the field, 52.2 percent from three-point range and 94.4 percent from the foul line. On Nov. 27, Durant recorded 34 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and three blocks during a 103-87 win over the Detroit Pistons.

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Paul George, Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Award

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Kevin Durant Rants Against Media Treatment Of Kobe Bryant

Nov 30, 2015 1:32 PM

Kevin Durant continues to be hypersensitive on media matters, going on a rant when asked about his reaction to the announcement by Kobe Bryant that he will retire at the end of the season.

"I did idolize Kobe Bryant. I studied him, wanted to be like him. He was our Michael Jordan. I watched Michael toward the end of his career with the Wizards and I seen that's what Kobe emerged as the guy for us.

"I've been disappointed this year because you guys (media) treated him like (expletive). He's a legend and all I hear is about how bad he's playing, how bad he's shooting, time for him to hang it up. You guys treated one of our legends like (expletive) and I didn't like it.

"Hopefully now you can start being nice to him now that he decided to retire after the year. It was sad the way he was getting treated.

"He had just an amazing career, a guy who changed the game for me as a player mentally and physically. Means so much to the game of basketball. Someone I'm always gonna look to advice for anything. Just a brilliant, brilliant, intelligent man. Sad to see him go. He put his mark on the game."

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Tags: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Thunder Assign Josh Huestis, Mitch McGary To D-League

Nov 30, 2015 11:55 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder has assigned forwards Josh Huestis and Mitch McGary to the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA Development League.

Huestis has appeared in four games (all starts) for the Blue this season, averaging 10.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.00 blocks in 31.3 minutes per game. Huestis has not appeared in a game for the Thunder this year.

McGary has played in six games for the Thunder this season, averaging 1.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in 6.3 minutes per game. During four assignments with the Blue last season, McGary averaged 16.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.88 steals and 1.13 blocks in 24.3 minutes per game.

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Reggie Jackson On OKC Boos: I Kind Of Love To Be Hated

Nov 28, 2015 12:51 PM

Reggie Jackson was booed loudly in his first game at the Oklahoma City Thunder since he was traded to the Detroit Pistons.

Jackson had 15 points, five rebounds and four assists in 27 minutes.

"I knew what time it was when I got in," Jackson said of the crowd reaction. "I'm not really tripping. It doesn't bother me.

"I kind of love to be hated. It's flattering. I think it's the greatest kind of love. It's love and spite at the same time. They wouldn't boo me if I didn't do anything to build some memories here, so obviously, if they booed me, that means I did something special."

The Thunder traded Jackson last February a few months after they were unable to agree upon a contract extension.

David Mayo/MLive

Tags: Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Kevin Durant To Return From Hamstring Injury This Week

Nov 23, 2015 4:34 PM

Kevin Durant is on course to return to the lineup this week.

Durant missed the past six games with a strained left hamstring.

Durant was not cleared to play in Sunday night's home win over Dallas, but it's believed that either Monday night's visit to Utah or Wednesday's home game against Brooklyn is a strong possibility for his return.

Durant suffered the injury on Nov. 10.

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Kevin Durant Has 'Real Brotherhood Type Relationship' With Westbrook

Nov 21, 2015 11:09 AM

Kevin Durant elaborated on his friendship with Russell Westbrook in an interview with The Oklahoman.

"There's times where we go at it," Durant told The Oklahoman. "There's times I don't like what he's doing out on the court. There's times where he hates what I'm doing out on the court. There's times where it's 'Russ, you gotta control your attitude,' or 'KD, you gotta stop, you gotta speak up,' whatever.

"There's times we cuss each other out, but that's a part of being brothers. Because I know if I need something, he'll be there and if I need to talk to someone outside of basketball, he'll be there. It's a real brotherhood type relationship. We're like family."

Durant says anyone who speculates about a rift between the teammates is being "disrespectful."

"How can you tell? That's my whole question," Durant said. "What are you basing that off of? Because he shoots more than I do one game? That don't make no sense. We don't like each other because he shot more? That don't make no sense.

"And it's really disrespectful to me or to us because you think I'm that selfish of a person. I don't like this guy because he shoots more than me? That's disrespectful to me. Because if I'm a friend, I'm genuine. I'm there, no matter what. Good days, bad days, more shots. I'm a real friend."

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Tags: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Kevin Durant's Hamstring 'Feeling Way Better'

Nov 16, 2015 2:00 PM

Kevin Durant will be out at least another two games but his hamstring is progressing in an encouraging way.

"Feeling a lot better," he said. "Way better, actually."

Durant will be reevaluated in a few days and has yet to practice.

"Hamstrings are a little different," Durant said. "You can re-injure them pretty easily if you try and play through it, or as we say now, 'Be tough.' I call that being dumb. But hamstring strains you can't really try and play through it. Just got to get it right and make sure everything is perfect when I come back to play."

Durant missed 55 games last season due to numerous surgeries on his foot.

Royce Young/ESPN

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Thunder Assign Josh Huestis To D-League

Nov 14, 2015 7:04 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder has assigned forward Josh Huestis to the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA Development League.

Huestis spent last season with the Blue where he appeared in 44 games (43 starts) and averaged 10.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.57 blocks (13th in NBADL) in 33.1 minutes per game.

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Heat Will Pursue Kevin Durant In Free Agency

Nov 14, 2015 6:06 PM

The Miami Heat intend to pursue Kevin Durant in free agency but they have a complicated cap situation due to the need to use cap space to re-sign Hassan Whiteside.

The Heat would struggle to find a way to sign Durant while retaining Whiteside and Dwyane Wade.

Durant recently sold his Miami condo.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

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Kevin Durant Out At Least 7-10 Days With Strained Left Hamstring

Nov 11, 2015 5:54 PM

Kevin Durant underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that confirmed he has a strained left hamstring that he sustained during the second quarter of last night’s 125-101 victory at Washington.

Durant will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days at which time a further update will be provided.

This season, Durant is averaging 28.1 points (fourth in NBA), 7.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.25 blocks and 34.7 minutes in eight games (all starts).

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Kevin Durant Injures Left Hamstring, Will Undergo MRI
Kevin Durant came down awkwardly after drawing a foul and immediately grabbed at his left leg.

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Kevin Durant: I'll Worry About Free Agency When I Get There
Kevin Durant will be a free agent in the offseason for the first time of his career.

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Kevin Durant: Free Agency Shouldn't Be That Big
Kevin Durant described his free agency as "always an elephant in the room."

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Kevin Durant: Westbrook And I Put Each Other On Best Player Pedestal
Kevin Durant won the 2014 MVP, while Westbrook finished fourth last season despite missing several games due to injury.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Durant: Westbrook Is Oklahoma City's Best Player
Russell Westbrook is averaging 28.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 10.6 assists and 2.0 steals per game.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Dion Waiters, Thunder Won't Agree Upon Extension
Dion Waiters will become a restricted free agent in 2016.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Donovan Concerned About Over-Relying On Westbrook, Durant
Billy Donovan is concerned with how sustainable it is for the Thunder to rely too heavily on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

76ers Trade Rights To J.P. Tokoto To Thunder, Will Join D-League's Blue
J.P. Tokoto didn't make the 76ers' regular season roster.

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Dion Waiters Has Never Felt More Comfortable, Calls Thunder 'Brotherhood'
Dion Waiters is eligible for a contract extension before Nov. 2nd.

Erik Horne/Oklahoman

Donovan Trying To Allow Thunder To 'Play In Space'
Billy Donovan isn't actually installing a whole new offensive system with the Thunder.

Royce Young/ESPN

Thunder, Celtics, Grizzlies Finish Preseason Top-3 In Efficiency Differential
The Thunder led the NBA in efficiency differential during the preseason with a mark of +12.5.

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Michael Cobbins, Mustapha Farrakhan Waived By Thunder
The Thunder roster now stands at 15.

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Thunder Exercise 16-17 Options On Steven Adams, Andre Roberson, Mitch McGary
Steven Adams has appeared in 151 games (87 starts) and averaged 5.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 19.7 minutes per game.

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Thunder Waive Michael Qualls, Julyan Stone, Dez Wells, Talib Zanna
Oklahoma City's roster now stands at 15.

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Durant: Billy Donovan Running More Sets, More Movement In Offense
Kevin Durant has begun to open up about the differences between Billy Donovan and Scott Brooks.

Erik Horne/Oklahoman

Sam Presti: We've Created Organizational Momentum
Sam Presti was asked if the atmosphere surrounding the Thunder is refreshed with the players healthy and with new additions to the roster and at head coach.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Dunc'd On Pod: Oklahoma City Thunder Season Preview With Royce Young
Whether Kevin Durant is all the way back; the trades for Enes Kanter and Dion Waiters and how they will fit in this year; whether Billy Donovan can diversify the offensive system; and the Thunder's best lineups.

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Dion Waiters, Thunder Holding Extension Talks
Dion Waiters has been enthusiastic about working toward a deal with the Thunder.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Kevin Durant Feels Great On Court, Tired Of Being Asked Question
Kevin Durant has looked like his previous self during the first three preseason games.

Royce Young/ESPN

Sam Presti Compares Rising Cap To Famous Line From 'Chinatown'
"Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown" is from Roman Polanski's 1974 film and essentially means there's nothing that can be done to change the situation.

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