OKLAHOMA CITY —
“He is doing it on the fly,” Brooks said. “We’ve definitely given him a speedy course of what we do and how we like to do it. But we have a good group of guys who are willing to show him and teach him and expedite that learning curve. He knows how to play.”
While Durant had only 23 points, which is low for the three-time scoring champion, he did haul in 17 rebounds, one off his career high of 18. That’s 35 rebounds in two games.
“I think Kevin has a chance to lead the team in rebounds,” Brooks said. “He can average 11 to 12 rebounds a game. He had 10 by halftime tonight.”
The Blazers had four players score in double figures, led by rookie Damian Lillard. He posted 21 points and handed out seven assists in a matchup with Westbrook. Aldridge scored 22 in the loss.
“The game is funny,” Aldridge said. “You might have an advantage, but if guys aren’t making shots, you can’t take advantage of it. Tonight we all had great looks, especially myself. We didn’t make shots. I didn’t make shots. I have to definitely be better than this. I will be.”
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