Thunder sends White to Tulsa 66ersThe Thunder has assigned rookie forward D.J. White to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League. White, 22, has been sidelined all season after undergoing jaw surgery.
The Big Ten Player of the Year, White averaged 17.4 points and 10.3 rebounds his senior year at Indiana. He was acquired as part of a draft-day trade with the Detroit Pistons, who selected White 29th overall in the first round. "He’s done an incredible job of staying mentally ready,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "He’s kept a positive attitude in a tough situation. As a young player, you get a chance to play in the NBA and then you have to sit out six months? We’re glad that he’s back and has an opportunity to experience playing.” It’s too early to determine whether White might join the Thunder during any of the team’s final 14 regular-season games.
DEFENSIVE DROPSince Jan. 9, the Thunder is 11-0 in games it has held opponents to less than 100 points. Led by Derrick Rose’s 10-for-10 second-half performance, Chicago shot 52.5 percent from the field. "Our success was getting to us. We were getting a little happy,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "When we’ve won some games (lately), we’ve played with a little anger on the defensive end. We did not have that tonight. They were beating us off the dribble all across the board. It wasn’t just one guy.”
EXTRA MOTIVATIONTraded to Oklahoma City a month ago from the Bulls, Thabo Sefolosha has averaged 11.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.4 steals with the Thunder.