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Thunder notebook: Kyle Weaver gets extended duty at point guard

Darnell Mayberry Published: July 18, 2009
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Kyle Weaver saw his biggest challenge to date in his summer-long trial at point guard. The second-year guard started at the point for the Thunder in Friday’s 80-74 loss to Chicago and played 35 minutes.

The results were a mixed bag. He finished with five points and four assists, five rebounds and two blocked shots but also committed seven fouls and four turnovers. Chicago used a full-court press to disrupt much of the Thunder’s offense and pressed tightly in half-court man-to-man defense to pester Oklahoma City’s flow as well.

"I thought he did a much better job in the second half of controlling us,” said Thunder summer league coach Brian Keefe. "This is a process for him. He hasn’t played a ton of it in his life, but his skill is he’s a versatile guy and he’s continuing to grow in that position.”

Keefe said Weaver must continue to develop the basic aspects of reliable point guards — being vocal, running the team, setting up the offense and taking charge.

Turnovers continue to plague Thunder
Much of the Thunder’s problems in Friday night’s loss were turnovers.