Kevin Durant on playing in OKC: ‘I learned how to tune out the crowd’

By Vincent Frank

Kevin Durant and his Golden State Warriors will take on the conference rival Oklahoma City Thunder for the first time this season on Thursday.

It’s not your normal regular season basketball game. Bitterness remains at a near all-time high after Durant left the Thunder for the eventual NBA champion Golden State Warriors prior to last season.

The scene in the city Durant called home for eight seasons will be one of outward hostility. The reigning NBA Finals MVP knows this full well. But he’s not going to let this distract him.

Durant played just one game as a member of the Warriors in Oklahoma City last season. He put up 34 points and nine rebounds in a 130-114 Golden State win.

All said, the Warriors won all four of their games against Oklahoma City last season by a combined 79 points. The Thunder themselves are struggling mightily, while the Warriors find themselves at 13-4.

It might not be a tightly-contested affair, but fans in OKC will surely let Durant know how they feel.

Of course, that’s dependent on KD even playing. He missed Sunday’s game against Brooklyn with an ankle injury and is listed as questionable for Thursday’s game.