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Want an idea of how unguardable Kevin Durant has been lately? Just take a look at the postgame quotes from Sixers coach Brett Brown. Durant went off for 32 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, his fifth career triple-double. And an perplexed Brown had no answers postgame. Brown: “I thought we did a pretty good job on him. We try, we get small guys chasing him around, denying him and fronting him, and we get everybody scared because he’s Kevin Durant, because he’s so long and scores in such a variety of ways. He is the NBA’s hardest player. He’s always been an incredibly difficult guard. I gameplanned back in my Spur days. How do you guard him? Is it Kawhi Leonard, Manu Ginobili, Bruce Bowen, whoever. I thought our guys, I thought James (Anderson) was great and you look down and he’s got a triple double.” *Durant is now averaging 36.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists in 13 January games. *In his last five games, Durant has scored 198 points on 70-of-107 shooting (65 percent). Oklahoman

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One guy in sweats walked into the coach’s office, followed by one in a business suit, followed by another in team warmup attire. Who knows, other than those three men, what was said Monday within those four Barclays Center walls. But the visual of 76ers coach Brett Brown heading into his office, trailed by general manager Sam Hinkie and small forward Evan Turner, seemed suspicious. “Nothing much right now,” Hinkie responded, when asked about what’s new on the trade front. Daily Local News

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So Brown set about ensuring the players were eating and sleeping right, staying hydrated and keeping off their feet when not practicing or playing games, as well as getting plenty of massages and ice baths. “Sports science is going to take over in a far greater way, in my opinion, in the next eight to 10 years,” Brown said. “It’s going to be like race cars pulling in and you’ve got all these people working on them and they change a tire and, boom, they send them out. It’s all about recovery. Playing 82 games, (with so many) back-to-back games, how do you back it up?” Bucks County Courier Times

Turner is down nine pounds and nearly 2.5 percent body fat since Brown became coach. He is leaner, stronger, quicker and in much better shape, which allows him to play better in fourth quarters and the second games of back-to-back situations. They were issues for him during his first three NBA seasons. “The first couple of years in back-to-backs I was more tired,” Turner said. “Throughout the day, I was wondering how I was going to finish the back-to-backs. Now I’m ready for the back-to-backs.” Bucks County Courier Times

Turner isn’t the only one who has changed. Big man Lavoy Allen has dropped 14 pounds and almost 3 percent body fat. Guard James Anderson has lost 11 pounds and almost 3 percent body fat. Center Daniel Orton is down 13 pounds and 3 percent body fat in a little over a month since becoming a Sixer. Injured guard Jason Richardson has dropped 11 pounds despite not being expected to play until late January or February. Injured big man Arnett Moultrie has lost five pounds and probably won’t play until at least January. Bucks County Courier Times

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Turner is having a career year as the first offensive option. He heads into Monday averaging 21.6 points and shooting 47.7 percent from the field, which mark significant increases from last season’s 13.3 points and 41.9 percent. “(Brown) calls my number quite a bit,” Turner told reporters at Wednesday’s morning shootaround. “I’m fortunate my team looks for me. Sometimes in timeout plays, he looks for me. Compared to the past, it’s a little bit different.” Bucks County Courier Times

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