Thunder notebook: Clay Bennett visits Miami

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer Modified: November 18, 2009 at 10:09 am •  Published: November 18, 2009
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photo - Miami Heat players Dwyane Wade (3) and Udonis Haslem (40) try to restrain Oklahoma City  Thunder's Russell Westbrook (0) from Heat player Jermaine O'Neal (7) during a first half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Miami Heat players Dwyane Wade (3) and Udonis Haslem (40) try to restrain Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook (0) from Heat player Jermaine O'Neal (7) during a first half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Team chairman Clay Bennett and other Thunder executives attended Tuesday’s game, in large part to gather information on the Heat’s revolutionary 3,400-square-foot video board that was installed in May outside American Airlines Arena. Giving the arena a Time Square-like presence, the gigantic video board is a major revenue stream for the Heat. The largest digital LED display in the Southeast region of the country, the Heat can promote upcoming events on the board and sell advertising on it that can be seen by cars on the highway.

Westbrook, O’Neal avoid ejections
Late in the first half, Russell Westbrook was whistled for an offensive foul against Mario Chalmers. After the play was over, when Jermaine O’Neal walked toward him, Westbrook pushed O’Neal in the chest. O’Neal responded with a right-handed punch that hit nothing but air. Officials called a double technical but did not eject either player.

"That was just us both being competitive, us playing the game in the heat of the moment,” Westbrook said. "I’m just glad my teammates were there (backing me up) and we came out with the victory.”

Livingston undergoes surgery
Guard Shaun Livingston underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday in Birmingham, Ala. Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery, removing staples originally placed in Livingston’s knee during reconstructive surgery 2 1/2 years ago.

"This is a little, minor setback,” said coach Scott Brooks.


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