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December 10, 2014 Updates
December 8, 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

December 7, 2014 Updates

How much has it helped going against Westbrook over the years in practice? Reggie Jackson: It has helped a lot. We got a dog in the fight. He is always competitive, I am always competitive. We both want to prove we are the best point guard each day we step on the court. Both believe in ourselves a tremendous amount. I am sure he thinks he is the best and I do the same, so I think once you get too aggressive, personalize it like that, it is fun. It makes both of us excel in our game. HoopsHype

December 6, 2014 Updates

Anthony Slater: National writer @Michael Lee asked Russell Westbrook if he's angry about the hole OKC dug itself. Westbrook: "I'm always angry" Twitter @anthonyVslater

November 29, 2014 Updates
November 28, 2014 Updates

How did the injuries to KD and Russ affect the team and who's stepped up? Steven Adams: Oh, man, everyone was devastated when we heard the news, but there are like four other players, too. Even our rookies, when Mitch McGary went down, everyone was down. So when all of our injured players went out, it wasn't just one particular person who came up. It was kind of like our whole team. We understood as a team we had to collectively come together. We knew we weren't going to be the same team without them, but we have to pick up their workload collectively and try to make up for it that way and distribute it amongst the team. That was our whole mindset. complex.com

November 27, 2014 Updates

But the most significant aspect of the move is its implications for injured stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. There is a growing belief that one or both could rejoin the lineup soon, perhaps as early as Friday against New York. They returned to practice this week and are scheduled to have their respective injuries evaluated over the Thanksgiving holiday. Oklahoman

November 25, 2014 Updates
November 24, 2014 Updates

As expected, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant participated in practice Saturday, joining their Thunder teammates in select portions of non-contact drills. Both are said to be progressing from their respective injuries on schedule. “They looked good,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “They’ve been with the group the whole time, but (Saturday) was the first day they’ve actually participated in some of the drills. It wasn’t the entire practice.” Oklahoman

“It was good to see them out there with the group,” Brooks said. “They’re progressing well. I’m sure in the next couple of days they’re going to continue to add more to it.” Brooks said it’s too early to say whether he will ease the two cornerstones back into the rotation and manage their minutes. But that has been the route the Thunder has taken with several players in the past, including Westbrook last year when he was returning from multiple knee surgeries. “We haven’t even got to that point yet,” Brooks said. “They’re still in the rehab process of getting back to being able to play. The minute restriction, we’re not focused on that area yet. We’re just focused on getting them back and getting them ready to play.” Oklahoman

November 22, 2014 Updates

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