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The Thunder has finally dodged an injury bullet. After what initially looked to be a potentially serious knee injury on Friday night in Toronto, Russell Westbrook walked out of the arena fine, without a brace and telling The Oklahoman that he didn’t expect to miss any time. And on Saturday, after an MRI and clinical exam with team doctors, that fortunate diagnosis was confirmed. No areas of concerned surfaced as a result of Westbrook’s knee-to-knee contact with Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (you can see the play here). The team is calling it a knee sprain. He isn’t expected to miss any additional time. Oklahoman

His dagger 3-pointer over Amir Johnson sealed up the game with 1.7 seconds remaining, leaving Toronto Raptors point guard Grievis Vasquez comparing Durant to a higher power. "If you got Kevin Durant on your team, you’re safe," said Vazquez, a former high school teammate of Durant's at Montrose Christian School in Maryland. "He’s like Jesus in this league." Oklahoman

On Thursday, Durant was hit with a technical with 16.9 seconds remaining in the first quarter when he stared down a Cavs player following a dunk. The action perhaps fell under the league’s taunting restrictions. But while Durant said he needs to be more careful the rest of the season, he also plans on appealing Thursday’s technical. “I’m going to try to get that tech rescinded,” Durant said of Thursday’s tech. “I was just reacting to the play that I made and (the ref) T’d me up. So hopefully we get that thing rescinded. But I just got to be more cautious.” Oklahoman

“He has to make sure we take care of that,” Brooks said. “That’s part of the game. Emotions are part of the game. But I think he’s well-aware of it. We have to make sure that he just stays within the game and not let the things that he can’t control affect him. But he’s done a good job all year. It’s a couple lately that he has to make sure that he holds himself back.” Oklahoman

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