Kevin Durant faces old team
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook square off as adversaries for the first time in their NBA careers when Durant’s new team, the Golden State Warriors, host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday (Enter Contest). Durant departed the Thunder as a free agent in the offseason. Reports came in following the move that their relationship was tense. They’ve both haven’t shied away from camera time since, fueling up the rumor. It comes as no surprise that tension will be high when former teammates face off for the first time.
Golden State rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the Western Conference finals to defeat Oklahoma City and then Durant opted to join the Warriors on July 4. Westbrook has led Oklahoma City to a 4-0 start to begin the post-Durant era and he hit the winning jumper in Wednesday’s 85-83 road victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
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Westbrook signed a three-year, $85 million extension after Durant’s departure and he has embraced the opportunity to finally be viewed as the face of a franchise. He had 35 points in the victory over the Clippers and is averaging 37.8 points, 10.5 rebounds and 10 assists. Offseason acquisition Victor Oladipo was 3-of-11 shooting against the Clippers and is shooting just 32.8 percent from the field.
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Durant is averaging 28.5 points and shooting 57.4 percent from the floor through four games with his new team. The meeting with the Thunder should boost Durant to even better numbers after Thursday. Point guard Stephen Curry has 28 points in Tuesday’s 127-104 trouncing of Portland and is averaging 26.3 points. The Warriors won all three regular-season meetings last season. They’ve already lost one game this season to the San Antonio Spurs and could be on the brink of losing a second one in their 5th game of the season. It’s something that hasn’t happen until the Warriors 31th season game, last year.