Kevin Durant vows to keep playing through sore shoulder



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Kevin Durant vows to keep playing through sore shoulder

Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant is dealing with a sore shoulder but still he balled out on Sunday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant led the Nets in a 120-96 win as he scored a game-high 33 points. "It's solid," Durant told reporters after the win when asked about the shoulder.

"A little sore here and there, but I played, didn't get in the way too much. Keep getting treatment and take it a day at a time." The Nets will keep playing Durant because they don't expect the injury to get worse.

"He's got a little tweak," coach Steve Nash said when asked about Durant's shoulder. "But the ball still goes in the hole so I think he's hanging in there. I don't think it's the type of thing that we expect to get worse so he's kind of playing through it, so it's not terrible."

Meanwhile, the Nets had no update on guard Joe Harris. "No update," Nash said. "Ankle sprain, and we'll have to assess it when we get home."

Durant, James Harden finding their groove

Harden scored just 16 points but dished out 13 assists in a win over the Thunder.

A game earlier, Harden was asked what opposing defenses could do when he and Durant are cooking. "Ummm, pray?" Harden cracked. "I'm just playing [around]. I mean, it's difficult. We're two unselfish basketball players.

We're versatile. Obviously, Kevin is known for his scoring, efficient scoring, but he's also a willing passer, especially when there's double teams and things like that. It's difficult to guard him, and it's difficult to guard me, especially when we've got it going."

A game earlier, Harden scored his season-high 39 points. "I'm getting there," Harden said of him regaining his MVP form. "It wasn't going to take long. I mean, this is the highest [level] in the sport is the NBA, the most talented players in this world.

So it's not going to be easy for me to just come out there and do what I do. It takes a lot of hard work to be playing at a point to which you guys have seen me play at. "When I'm not scoring 30 points, when I'm averaging 18-some points, it's like, 'What's wrong with James?' It's pretty solid still.

I've been playing so well and so extremely at another level to where you guys set standards for me, and I set standards for myself as well. For me, I just continue to work. I feel a lot better, and the work don't stop."