DeMar DeRozan; Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant double-crosses DeMar DeRozan (VIDEO)


There was afternoon basketball on Sunday, with the Thunder tipping off in Toronto against the Raptors at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Toronto hosts more of these early starts than any team in the league, but it didn’t bother the Thunder as they improved their league-best record to 26-7 with a 104-92 victory.

Kevin Durant finished with 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting, and he made sure to have some fun along the way.

Late in the fourth quarter, Durant finds himself isolated on the perimeter with DeMar DeRozan defending. After putting the ball through his legs, he crosses DeRozan not once, but twice before exploding past him into the lane for the easy bucket.

The scariest part about Durant is that his overall game is getting stronger, and he’s becoming a more complete player with each passing season. The improvement in both his passing and ball-handling has been evident on a nightly basis, and DeRozan was simply the latest victim of Durant’s devastating skill set.

Matt Barnes says he went to house because his son looked distressed

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So far, the only substantive accounts of the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher altercation have come from anonymous sources.

The Knicks coach has deflected questions.

But Barnes is giving his account, at least of the lead-up.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

It’s completely understandable that Barnes would act to ensure his children’s welfare.

And let’s say everything he said is true. It still leaves important questions unanswered.

Did Barnes – as he reportedly texted a friend he did – beat up Fisher and spit on his estranged wife, Gloria Govan? If so, why did Barnes deem that necessary to protect kids?

Gregg Popovich resting himself for Spurs game at Sacramento

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Gregg Popovich said he wouldn’t coach in July.

Apparently, he’s taking off part of October, too.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

It’s not that surprising to see Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw staying home. Veterans miss preseason games all the time just to rest. With the Spurs, it happens even in the regular season.

But it’s still a little strange to see the head coach sit out, even though Popovich also did it last year.

It makes sense, though. Who cares about this preseason game? If travelling less helps the 66-year-old Popovich stay fresh in the years ahead, that’s well worth it. Plus, it gets Messina a little extra experience. Some day, he might be the head coach.