Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/18/13
When the team has a roster that's pretty much set experience and a proven record of winning the preseason is a chance to do some evaluating. So here it goes: Kevin Durant is still good. OK no news there but what Tuesday night against the Nuggets showed was Durant is good enough to carry a team this Oklahoma City team by himself. And yes he's gonna have to do it for a good portion of this season so might as well get some run doing it now during the preseason. In 22 minutes Durant scored 36 points on 13-of-20 shooting. He had six rebounds and four assists and if Denver's Anthony Randolph tries to guard him in the regular season anything like he did Tuesday in Oklahoma City Durant will score 80 points. Durant didn't play after the 5:06 mark of the third quarter and rightfully so. It's time to save his legs. If he doesn't play another minute of the exhibition schedule that would be too much and while he'd never admit it this season is going to come down to how much Durant can do. It's been a lot in the past half-decade but in the playoffs last year against Memphis it wasn't enough. Durant faltered in the last few minutes of the last four games and the Thunder lost them all. That's what happens when Russell Westbrook isn't available and no one else can be counted on with any real regularity. So yes coach Scott Brooks is – he has to be right? - using the preseason desperately trying to figure out who will play what rotations and lineups to use and who will be the No. 2 to Durant. And Durant does have help. Serge Ibaka and Reggie Jackson are good complements but this preseason hasn't been the best for uncovering any truths about Jeremy Lamb or Steven Adams. Not yet anyway.
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