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German fans travel to watch Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City, there's just one problem

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Some enthusiastic German fans were left a little disappointed after they travelled 6,695 kilometres from the European nation to Detroit to see the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant in action.

There was just one problem, the 2014 MVP was not involved as the Thunder fell 88-82 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Billy Donovan took the decision to rest the 27-year-old an hour and a half before tip-off after playing the Toronto Raptors just 24 hours earlier.'s Royce Young spotted the two supporters in the crowd and broke the news to them, to which they responded: "You're kidding! Oh no."

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They were still treated to another fantastic display from Russell Westbrook as the point guard continued his strong season with 24 points and six assists. It was not enough to stop the Thunder losing to Detroit in a game that could prove vital to the Motor City franchise's hopes of reaching the playoffs. 

With the postseason approaching, coaches are resting their big-name players to ensure they are suitably prepared for a deep run. It will be of little consolation for the German duo but if the season ends with Durant getting his first championship ring then they will surely be happy with the decision.

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The Thunder are comfortably placed in third place in the Western Conference and look likely to face one of five franchises. The Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks are separated by five games and could all potentially occupy sixth spot after 82 games. 

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If they are to stand any chance of making the Western Conference Finals or even the NBA Finals, they will need Durant to be at his best form.

Their performance against the Pistons proved how vital the forward is to any chances of success and his performances this season have pulled the franchise through a number of tough spots.

There is a general consensus that Oklahoma City do not have enough firepower to overcome the Golden State Warriors or San Antonio Spurs in the latter rounds of the playoffs, but with KD anything is possible. 

In his 67 appearances this campaign, the seven-time All-Star has been averaging 28 points per game - shooting 50.8 percent from the field - five assists and 8.3 rebounds. 

His form has been so imperious this season that Durant has only finished one game with less than 20 points, and that came in a win over the Washington Wizards where he only played 16 minutes due to a leg injury. 

With Westbrook and Durant, the Thunder have a duo as talented and lethal as any other in the NBA, it remains to be seen how far that can take them.

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