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April 24, 2013

Durant isn’t content

Rockets expect better Game 2 from Lin

NORMAN — Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant is featured in this week’s Sports Illustrated. On the cover, it has a photo of him taking a jumper. While that is unspectacular, it’s the quotes posted around the photo that have caught the attention of Thunder fans.

“I’ve been second my whole life,” Durant is quoted in SI. “I was the second best player in high school. I was the second pick in the draft. I’ve been second in the MVP voting three times. I came in second in the finals. I’m tired of being second. I’m not going to settle for that. I’m done with it.”

When Durant was asked about the Sports Illustrated article Tuesday after practice, he stood by the comments.

“Of course I’m tired of being second,” Durant said. “I’ve been second since I was 16 years old. Everybody loves to be No. 1.”

In the SI article, Durant also addressed his relationship with LeBron James. Some have criticized him for being buddies with the man who beat him in last year’s finals and who he’s fighting for NBA superiority. They have complained that takes away from Durant’s aggressiveness when the Heat and Thunder face off.

“I’m not taking it easy on (LeBron),” Durant stated. “Don’t you know I’m trying to destroy the guy every time I go on the court?”

 

Linsanity grounded: Playing in his first playoff game ever, Houston’s Jeremy Lin didn’t have the type of debut he wanted Sunday. The second-year point guard shot 1 for 7 from the field and scored 4 points to go along with four assists and four turnovers.

“I thought every one of my shots were in,” Lin said. “I actually believed that every single one was in. I don’t know if I was a little too excited, but it won’t happen every game.”

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