Team officials estimated approximately 2,000 fans attended the open practice Monday night at Midwest City High School. Everyone in attendance received a free 2009 Thunder training camp T-shirt. "I thought our guys did a great job,” said coach Scott Brooks. "We wanted to get something out of this practice. They competed, got some defensive work in, got some shots in and did a pretty good job in the scrimmage.”
SPLIT DECISIONEach team won one scrimmage at the end of the open practice, two 10-minute sessions with a running clock. Jeff Green scored a team-high seven points and Serge Ibaka added six points and three rebounds to lead the Blue team to a 16-8 win in the first-half scrimmage. Kevin Durant scored nine points and Jeff Weaver added seven to lead the White team to a 22-11 win in second-half scrimmage. "I just wanted to win,” Green said. "(Durant) beat us pretty bad in the scrimmages Saturday (night).”
DEFENSE?Center Nenad Krstic and Brantly Thompson won a 3-point tag-team competition in which four kids were matched with a Thunder player. As time winded down in the finals, Durant playfully swiped at Thompson’s shot. "We’ve been stressing defense,” Brooks said, smiling. "We want our players to be athletic and block shots.”
FIRST IN LINEChris Geis and a couple of friends were the first in line at Midwest City High School, arriving two hours before the open practice. "I wanted to make sure I got to meet some of the players,” Geis said. "I brought my camera.” Geis, from Oklahoma City, attended two games last season, both heart-breaking, last-second losses to Denver and New Orleans in the Ford Center. "They were so close both games. This year I hope to see a game they win.”
INJURY UPDATENick Collison, sidelined by a sprained ankle he suffered in a pick-up game days before camp started, remains sidelined. Collison and veteran point guard Kevin Ollie (left quadriceps contusion) didn’t participate in the open practice. Both are listed day-to-day.
FAST BREAK...The Thunder will practice today, then leave this afternoon to Memphis for the first pre-season game Wednesday night against the Grizzlies. ... Durant, Green and rookie James Harden were among players who signed autographs for fans as they entered the two entrances. ... NBA and Thunder logos were placed on the Midwest City court, one on each side near mid-court. ... Thunder Shop items such as hats, framed photos, key chains and T-shirts were sold at discount prices in the gym lobby. ... Rumble the Bison interacted with the crowd. The event started with the Thunder drummers followed by a dance routine performed by six Thunder Girls.