Durant delivers despite limited minutes

Updated: August 31, 2010, 10:49 AM ET
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com

ISTANBUL -- The question needed to be asked, so it was asked: Why, Coach K, did you pull Kevin Durant from the game just past the midpoint of the first quarter?

Durant had gotten Team USA off to a torrid start against Slovenia with 7 points, 3 steals, 2 rebounds and 2 assists in the first 5½ minutes as the U.S. jumped out to an 18-6 lead.

But after he was subbed out, the Americans struggled noticeably, falling into an offensive drought in which they failed to make a field ...

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