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Thunder notebook: Desmond Mason attends game; Thabo Sefolosha has big game

By Mike Baldwin Modified: February 1, 2010 at 8:36 am •  Published: February 1, 2010

Desmond appearance
Desmond Mason, who played for Oklahoma State, the Hornets and the Thunder, attended Sunday’s game. Mason lives in Portland but flew to Oklahoma to see friends, discuss some business options and watch tonight’s Texas game at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Waived early in the season by Sacramento, Mason was asked if he’s retired.

"Maybe. I haven’t made a final decision, yet, but I’m kind of leaning,” Mason said. "I’m enjoying my family. I keep myself busy. I’m working on some (projects).”

Mason, who talked with Thunder general manager Sam Presti, isn’t surprised by Oklahoma City’s success.

"The West is tough, but they’re playing solid basketball,” Mason said. "I definitely give them a shot (at the playoffs). They’re looking really good. They’re playing really hard. They’re playing great.”

Thabo Sefolosha scored 14 points, his best scoring outing since a 16-point game three days before Christmas against the Lakers. When Sefolosha was hot early in the season, Kevin Durant nicknamed him the sniper. But the last month, OKC’s defensive stopper has been in a shooting slump.

"I was shooting with blank bullets for a little while,” Sefolosha said. "It feels good (to have a good offensive night). But I really don’t get down on myself when I miss a shot. I just keep working on it.”

Veteran power forward Etan Thomas hasn’t played in nearly two months (Dec. 4). In Friday’s win against Denver, coach Scott Brooks inserted Kevin Ollie and other bench players but not Thomas.

"There’s no reason to throw him in there the last three or four minutes of a blowout,” Brooks said.


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