The Thunder held their annual Blue-White scrimmage in Newcastle this afternoon. The scrimmage was not televised, but 2,000 members of the Newcastle community were able to watch some of the NBA's finest go head to head. The scrimmage consisted of three 10 minute quarters.
The biggest story out of the scrimmage was Kevin Durant's return to the floor. It was the first time KD has had official basketball stats recorded since February 19th. Despite Durant's long absence, he was able to score 28 points on an efficient 10 for 17 shooting.
NewsOK beat writer Anthony Slater was able to watch the game as a member of the media. In NewsOK's post-game recap, Slater made an assessment of KD's game:
Durant splashed in a 22-foot fadeaway over Kyle Singler's outstretched arms. Then he galloped in for a fastbreak finger roll with his rare length. Then, in the day's most significant play, Durant made a nifty and-1 layup while tumbling through a crowd. He absorbed the contact, fell down, jumped back up and showed no ill effects.
"That's what he's been doing in practice," Donovan said. "Like we said, he's fully cleared to play."
In the final 10-minute quarter, Durant showed some signs of fatigue. He upped his total to a game-high 28 points, but missed five shots, including two open 3s that he overshot the rim entirely.
Also, check out full highlights of the Blue-White game below (or on KFOR's website). Many Durant plays are contained within.
From the highlights, you can tell that Durant is doing some advanced stuff. I saw Durant run in transition, shoot around a screen, shoot off a sharp dribble, and even nail a three out of the triple threat position. KD at 70-80% is still a very effective NBA player. But it's going to be some time before we see the slam dunk KD, or the extreme turnaround jumper in someone's face KD. For now, I'm glad KD is back out on the floor with no pain.