“‘Stay in bed for 10 hours,’” Durant said the text read.
For once, Durant listened.
“That’s what I tried to do to get my body back and programmed to being in Oklahoma City,” Durant said.
The Thunder returned early Saturday morning from a season-long, five-game road trip. It spanned eight days, starting in San Antonio before culminating in Salt Lake City. Another grueling stretch is on tap, as the Thunder will now play seven games over the next 10 days, which explains at Sharpe’s suggestion.
But six of the next seven will be played inside Chesapeake Energy Arena, and the Thunder has the unusual luxury of kicking off this stretch Tuesday night against Utah on the heels of a three-day break between games. Because of the lockout-shortened and compacted season, it’s the only time this season, excluding the All-Star break and the season opener, that the Thunder will have three days between games.