Slowing Kevin Durant poses singular plea for Warriors

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  • Kevin Durant is behind in a Thunders lineup brazen of Mondays diversion after blank 23 of a initial 32 games with possibly a damaged feet or a sprained ankle, a latter suffered Dec. 18 (above). Photo: Ezra Shaw / Getty Images / 2014 Getty Images


The final time a Warriors played Oklahoma City, conduct manager Steve Kerr jokingly pronounced his group did such a good pursuit of fortifying Kevin Durant that he hardly beheld a game’s many energetic scorer in a second half.

Of course, Durant scored 30 points in a initial half before sitting out a second with a sprained ankle, and maybe gripping a four-time scoring champion sidelined is a usually approach to truly stop him.

A day before confronting Durant on Monday night during Oracle Arena, Kerr and wing players Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson used post-practice time to plead approaches to guarding a forward.

Did they come adult with anything new?

“Not really,” Kerr said. “That’s because he’s a MVP. He’s unequivocally good. You’ve only got to do your best. we consider a one thing we can’t do is be soothing and let him find rhythm. You have to be a invader defensively, meaningful that he’s going to kick we and measure his points, though we only have to try to make him work, during least.”

In his past 10 quarters, Durant has scored 108 points on 64.8 percent field-goal sharpened and 62.5 percent three-point shooting.

“He’s personification during a tip turn in a league,” pronounced Thompson, one of a game’s tip fringe defenders. “It’s crazy, though zero he does scoring a round surprises me anymore. That’s only a form of talent he is — a once-in-a-generation form of player.

“He’s substantially a closest thing to unguardable in a league, being that tall, carrying a sharpened routine that he does and being means to put it on a building and hoop a ball. We’ve never unequivocally seen a actor like him. He’s so liquid and so effortless. It’s a good plea for us.”

It’ll be a team-wide plea for a Warriors, who arrange initial in a joining in defensive potency (points authorised per 100 possessions). They will use a accumulation of players and try to equivocate vouchsafing Durant besiege his defender, and Iguodala knows he’ll get his chances to possibly step adult or breeze adult on Durant’s subsequent poster.

“There are a lot of gifted players in a league, though he’s a small some-more gifted than a rest,” pronounced Iguodala, a two-time All-Defensive Team selection. “There’s a small additional inducement to go out there and make something occur where he’s not carrying a large game. Everybody remembers a large games he has, so we don’t wish it to be opposite you.”

Honoring Stuart Scott: The Warriors non-stop Sunday’s film event with a reverence to Stuart Scott, a ESPN anchor who died during 49 after fighting cancer for 7 years. Before he got into a diversion devise for a diversion opposite Oklahoma City, Kerr showed a array of Scott’s waggish “SportsCenter” commercials.

“I knew Stuart comparatively good from behind in a day, generally during a Chicago days when it seemed like he was during a lot of a Finals games and anchoring ‘SportsCenter,’” Kerr said. “He was a smashing guy, good during his job, good appetite and good liking for life. It’s a unhappy day.”

Injury update: Kerr pronounced he isn’t certain though hopes centers Andrew Bogut (right knee) or Festus Ezeli (left ankle) will lapse possibly Wednesday opposite Indiana or Friday opposite Cleveland.

“I don’t know,” Kerr said. “Whatever we pronounced like 3 days ago, only write that again.”

Rusty Simmons is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: rsimmons@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @Rusty_SFChron

Monday’s game

Who: Thunder (17-17) at

Warriors (26-5)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Oracle Arena

TV/Radio: CSNBA/680

Game notes

In a past 19 games, Oklahoma City has left 14-5 while averaging 107.2 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Playing mostly though All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook during a initial 15 games, a Thunder went 3-12 and averaged 89.6 points on 41.6 percent shooting. … The Warriors haven’t won a deteriorate array opposite a Thunder given a authorization changed from Seattle to Oklahoma City before to a 2008-09 season, though they have won a initial dual of a four-game set this season. … Thunder energy brazen Serge Ibaka has done a team-high 50 three-pointers this season, after creation only 25 total in his prior 3 seasons.

— Rusty Simmons

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