Thunder Ready for Return of Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant says there's no real rivalry between him and Russell Westbrook.    
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Saturday night's marquee matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder is one anyone could promote. "I didn't know this was going to happen, obviously".

"They just know that's open for them", Osborn said. And I think OKC fans, they're upset about it but they got like a college fan base. They looked at me as their son.

"I am so excited right now", Saric said.

"That's what I want to see", Green continued. "So to be on the other side, it's going to be different, but it should be fun".

There's debate about whether Durant's return will be more or less ugly than LeBron James' first game in Cleveland in 2010 after leaving for the Heat.

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For all Westbrook's splendor, he doesn't make a team better like Curry does. These fans are loyal, willing to stick by the team through thick and thin. Players come and go, coaches, GMs, but that logo stands forever. It appears that Oklahoma City is moving forward well, they have not collapsed in the aftermath of their loss of Durant.

But it was the play of the supporting cast that enabled the Oklahoma City Thunder to knock off the champions 118-109 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. "This was just a great team win for us. But I'll ride with my coach". He doesn't have much of a reputation for being emotional or stubborn, and those are pretty much the first two words anyone uses to describe his former teammate.

But Westbrook and the teammates left behind say they don't have a preference. "Just go out there and play your game.' And that's what he's been doing". I realize what I got myself into, and I can handle it. "But those areas I can always focus on - I can always defend, I can always rebound". The Thunder still have a good team with Russell Westbrook, Durant's happier in OKC and everyone's lives move on.

Finally, Kevin Durant will make his return in Oklahoma City after the free agency fiasco. We all know he's the hard-driving freak of nature who is on pace for a triple-double. This led to years of media narratives about Westbrook and Durant being inseparable, although there was never any indication that this was the case. Nonetheless, that does not mean Thunder fans - fans that stuck by Durant through every second of his career - do not have reason to boo the man that dashed all their hopes and aspirations in an instant. The Super Bowl is over and now the spotlight is on the National Basketball Association and even the most miniscule movements get magnified, more so Durant's comeback to OK. We win a game, we're supposed to win. We're not focusing on the game plan. Despite concerns about the small market size, the fans made it clear there was plenty of demand for a professional sports team. Next time he got to his spot again there went a dart inside to Adams for a 3-footer. "I understand it. It's all a part of it". The heightened safety detail of armed guards will triple the normal amount of security that the Warriors travel with, and a group will even have the specific task of supervising and protecting Kleiman and Durant's mother, Wanda, who will be seated next to Kleiman throughout the game. That's the most important thing.

"It doesn't really matter to me one way or another".

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