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December 17, 2014 Updates

While Durant wasn't specifically addressing his own uncertain future, he insisted that the player perspective relating to Bryant shouldn't be a hindrance as the 8-17 Lakers continue their laborious turnaround. "Excuse my language, but that's (expletive)," said Durant, who congratulated Bryant via text message after he surpassed Jordan on Sunday. "I want to play with a winner every single night, especially somebody who wants to win that bad, who works that hard, who demands a lot, who raises up your level. I'd want to play with a guy like that every day. ... (His style) may make people uncomfortable, how he acts and just how he approaches the game, but I love that type of stuff. I think (the accusation) is BS." USA Today Sports

"Just his work ethic, just his demeanor man," Durant said when asked what he admired about Bryant. "He doesn't mind being an (expletive), and he comes to work man. He's intense. He demands a lot out of his teammates, and I've seen that just playing alongside him in the Olympics (in 2012). He demands a lot out of everybody. He makes them better. Everybody out on the court. You've got to respect that. As a player, I study guys like that. We might not have the same personality, but I think we approach the game the same way and I've learned a lot from just watching him." USA Today Sports

Anthony Slater: Steven Adams was icing the upper left side of his left calf/knee area postgame. Minor limp, but not expected to be serious. Twitter @anthonyVslater

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Teams continue to look at Denver as an appealing trade partner. While the Cavs have been trying to extract Timofey Mozgov, league sources say the Thunder have inquired about the availability of Wilson Chandler... Sports Illustrated

But the superstar forward remains on a minute restriction. He played his expected 30 against Cleveland. “It’s not up to me,” Durant said of the restriction. “Obviously I don’t want it. But I’ve got to do whatever I can while I’m out there on the court to help my team win. So it’s up to the medical staff and Coach Brooks, and I’m fine with whatever they have for me...You kind of take playing basketball for granted since you do it every single day. But with me being out I really appreciate just every single minute I get on the court. So I’m going to take advantage of every one of them.” Oklahoman

Westbrook played with more control, his passing became contagious and the Thunder’s role players finally were able to get into a rhythm. The result was a runaway 103-94 Thunder victory. It was the Thunder’s fourth straight win, moving OKC to 9-13 while halting the Cavs’ win streak at eight. Westbrook finished with yet another fabulous all-around effort, scoring a game-high 26 points with seven rebounds and a game-high eight assists, six of which came in the second half. Westbrook made 12 of 24 shots in 36 minutes and helped limit Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving to 20 points on 21 shots. “He’s a force,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said of Westbrook. “He plays at another level than any other point guard in this league.” Oklahoman

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was helped off the court Thursday after injuring his left knee during a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Irving returned for warmups before the second half and opened the third quarter with a floater layup, appearing to be fine. Irving leaped to contest a jump shot from Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook but landed awkwardly on the side of his left foot. He crumpled to the court grabbing his knee immediately. USA Today Sports

December 11, 2014 Updates

Durant, the reigning NBA MVP, doesn’t want or expect to get a pass with his eighth season starting at a decided disadvantage after he suffered a broken right foot in the preseason, Russell Westbrook broke his right wrist on opening night, and the Thunder piled up more devastating injuries than wins in the season’s first six weeks. “I really don’t give a damn what people got to say,” Durant said. “I really don’t care if they cut me slack or they don’t. I’m not looking for no sympathy from nobody. I’m not looking for no praise from nobody. It’s all good, either way with me. I just look for respect from teammates as a player and as a man. That’s what I want. All that other stuff, I learned how to tune that stuff out and not worry about. I used to think about it. ‘Are they going to cut me slack? Do they love me if I play this way.’ I really don’t give a damn.” Washington Post

“Everybody wants to tell you when your window is closing. Everybody want to tell when they think you can win a championship or ‘you will never win.’ It’s not about the outside noise,” Durant said. “We feel as though, in this organization, we can compete every year. Injuries have hit us, but it’s a part of the game, and we’re going to push through that. But when you start listening to people who aren’t experts of the game of basketball, who have never been inside a huddle … you can’t listen to that stuff. Even if they tell you you’re a great player or it’s your turn to win. We’re not going to worry about windows here.” Washington Post

Kevin Durant said Wednesday he's not worried about possible re-injury to his surgically repaired right foot, though he acknowledged being a bit anxious his first couple games back. "Nah, not at all," Durant said of any concern. "First two games I did, but I just realized if I'm out there playing, everything is all right. I'm still going to be aggressive like that going to the rim. I can live with whatever happens after that." ESPN.com

OKC Thunder: News: Thunder assigns Grant Jerrett and Mitch McGary to @okcblue. Blue team plays at home tonight vs @RGVVipers @nbadleague @coxconvcenter Twitter @okcthunder

This time, Love returns to OKC for the first time with plenty of reinforcement. But his career adjustment hasn’t been entirely smooth. Now more of a secondary option, Love’s numbers and efficiency have understandably dipped. But he’s still averaging 17 and 10 a night. And the Thunder knows he’s more than capable of detonating. “He doesn’t have to do as much as he had to do in the past,” Brooks said. “But he can still have games where he gets 20 rebounds and hits seven 3s. That’s what he’s done his entire career. It’s his body of work.” Oklahoman

 

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