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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

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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.

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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.

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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

Nov 10, 2015 10:42 PM

Kevin Durant injured his left hamstring in a 125-101 win by the Oklahoma City Thunder over the Washington Wizards.

Durant will have an MRI on Wednesday in Oklahoma City.

"Little sore, man," Durant said. "I'll get it checked on tomorrow and see what it's looking like after that."

Durant came down awkwardly after drawing a foul and immediately grabbed at his left leg. 

"After that foul I came down a little awkward and landed on it a little harder than I wanted to and it pulled," Durant said.

Billy Donovan said he doesn't believe the injury "is too serious," saying it's only considered to be a strain right now.

Durant played in only 27 games last season because of three surgeries to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot. 

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Kevin Durant: I'll Worry About Free Agency When I Get There

Nov 10, 2015 12:14 PM

Kevin Durant responded to questions about his free agent on Tuesday ahead of playing the Washington Wizards.

Durant will be a free agent in the offseason for the first time of his career.

"I don't think about the future too hard," said Durant. "I'll worry about that stuff when I get there. I've been saying I don't know for a long, long time but I'm really just focused on our team, happy I'm playing again and that kind of takes over."

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Kevin Durant: Free Agency Shouldn't Be That Big

Nov 9, 2015 12:16 PM

Kevin Durant's free agent in 2016 will be one of the NBA's most widely talked about stories, but he hasn't had too difficult of a time yet answering questions from the media.

Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder will play at the Washington Wizards on Tuesday. Durant grew up in the Washington area and has been strongly linked to the Wizards as a potential free agent destination.

"First of all, it's always an elephant in the room when you're talking about that stuff. I don't want to, like, totally just dodge it. I know it's coming. I know the situation," Durant said. "But I'm really focusing on how I can be better every game. And how I can get back – I don't want say get back, because I'm back – but get used to playing again. All that other stuff is going to come, but we'll wait until we get to that bridge when we cross it."

Durant has tried to deflect attention that could separate him from his team.

"It really hasn't been like that. I was in Houston, and it was not bad. It's not like ESPN is following us every trip. Nobody has really asked me about it, to be honest," Durant said.

"I'm really not good with attention," he said. "I really don't like all this stuff to be centered around me. It comes with it, it's a part of it, but I'm still getting used to it. I learned to embrace it a little bit more, but it's still a little awkward for me."

Durant has been with the Thunder for seven-plus seasons and this will be his first time experiencing free agency.

"Free agency is like a season and it shouldn't be that big," Durant said. "Me, I feel like you should focus on who you have. It's easy to get your hopes up and expect a guy to come to your team or whatever – I'm not talking about myself, I'm just talking about free agency in past years and the future. You get your hopes up as a fan, and then they let you down and then you end up not liking the player. So, it's a little too much emphasis on that type of stuff. But it's part of the game.

"I always been a guy who loves praise from my teammates and coaches. I want to please them more than anything. But I never been one of those guys that looks for it from everybody else. I don't care if guys in the stands respect me. I'm more for respect from the guys on the court. Praise from people lobbying me to play for their team or whatever. I can't please them. I'm sure they're the same ones who will cuss me out when we go into an arena as the opposing team. So, I try not to focus on that, worry about that. I'd rather have respect from my peers. From my teammates and my coaches."

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Kevin Durant: Westbrook And I Put Each Other On Best Player Pedestal

Nov 6, 2015 11:23 AM

Kevin Durant said this week he believes Russell Westbrook is the best player on the Oklahoma City Thunder and was asked to explain the next day.

Durant labeled himself the world's best player in the past.

"That's how I feel. And he feels the same about me,” Durant said of Westbrook. “We hold each other on that pedestal. That's what makes us great teammates. I believe he's the best player in the world, and he believes the same about me. Of course I'm gonna say that. There's gonna be nights where I'm the best player on the team. There's gonna be nights where he's the best player on the team, when Dion (Waiters) is the best player on the team. That's how I feel about my teammates. A lot of people may read into it but any given night it's different."

Durant won the 2014 MVP, while Westbrook finished fourth last season despite missing several games due to injury.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Hornets 'Love' Jeremy Lamb, Tried To Trade For Him Previously
Jeremy Lamb will be given ample opportunities by the Hornets this season, especially with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out for the season.

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Monty Williams Building Strong Connection With Kevin Durant
Monty Williams has reportedly "penetrated (Kevin) Durant's circumspect venner."

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Donovan Preferring Adams, Roberson In Starting Lineup Over Kanter, Waiters
The Thunder matched a four-year, $70 million offer sheet in the offseason signed by Enes Kanter.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Kevin Durant Appears Fully Healthy In Public Scrimmage
Kevin Durant had 24 points on 8-of-10 shooting.

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