Sixers Notes: Kevin Durant, on a tear, may miss game against Sixers

Kevin Durant sat out Oklahoma City's game Friday night against the Boston Celtics.
Kevin Durant sat out Oklahoma City's game Friday night against the Boston Celtics. (Associated Press)
Posted: January 26, 2014

Thaddeus Young was asked about the type of season Oklahoma City Thunder swingman Kevin Durant is having. Young went straight for the letter P.

"Phenomenal," the 76ers power forward said. "Unbelievable. I've been knowing Kevin since we were like in the 10th grade. Just to see like he's elevated his game. He's well on his way to possibly being one of the greats."

As it turns out, Young and his teammates may not get an up-close glimpse of Durant when the Sixers host Oklahoma City on Saturday at Wells Fargo Center.

Durant missed Friday night's game against the Celtics in Boston with a sore shoulder. The Thunder did not give a timetable on his return or comment on his status against the Sixers.

Durant, who has been on a scoring tear recently, is averaging 31 points a game this season. He had scored 30 or more points nine consecutive times.

The 6-foot-9, 240 pounder, who is averaging 36.9 points for January, scored a season-high 54 points in a 127-121 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Jan 17.

"Him scoring below 25 or 27 would be odd to me," Evan Turner said.

Dedmon still a Sixer

The Sixers signed Dewayne Dedmon to a second 10-day contract Friday.

They originally added the 7-foot, 255-pounder on a 10-day contract Jan. 14, making him the first player signed by the franchise since Dan Orton was waived Jan. 7.

A center, Dedmon was called up from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League and averaged 3.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, one blocked shot, and 14.8 minutes in the five games before Friday's contest against the Toronto Raptors at the Wells Fargo Center.


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