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.