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Thunder Notebook: Hit the road

Oklahoman Modified: March 27, 2009 at 4:41 am •  Published: March 27, 2009
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The Thunder left for Canada on Thursday afternoon and will not return home until Tuesday night. After tonight’s game in Toronto the team will stay three nights in Boston, practicing in Boston on Monday before departing to play San Antonio on Tuesday night, the back end of a three-game road trip. Oklahoma City’s next home game is next Friday (April 3) against Portland.

Scouting Toronto
Oklahoma City has an opportunity to post its only season series sweep. The Thunder defeated the Raptors 91-83 on Dec. 19. Considering OKC was 2-24 entering that pre-Christmas game, the win over Toronto did more than end an eight-game losing streak.

"That was a big win for us,” said guard Russell Westbrook. "Toronto is a good team. They’ve made a few changes. It’s two different teams now, so it will be a little different.”

The rosters have changed since the first meeting three months ago. The Raptors traded for Shawn Marion. The Thunder signed Nenad Krstic soon after the Toronto game and traded for Thabo Sefolosha at the Feb. 19 trading deadline.

"We’ve watched that film,” said coach Scott Brooks. "You still pick things up, whether it’s a player’s tendencies or a team characteristic. They have a good team with some talented players. Just because their record isn’t good, they play well at times.