WESTBROOK’S MINI SLUMPHampered by a stomach virus last Sunday, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook says he’s 100 percent but has slumped the past week. Over the last four games, Westbrook has shot 29.4 percent and averaged 6.8 points and 3.0 turnovers. "He’s had a couple of games that aren’t Russell-like,” Brooks said. "We had grown accustomed to where he almost averaged a triple double. That’s very rare to have a streak like that. He’s come down a little bit. Now it’s time to pick it up and get it going again. I have the utmost confidence that will happen.”
ARTEST’S IMPACTRon Artest, playing his first season with the Lakers, has regained his shut-down defense reputation the past two months. In the Lakers’ win over the Spurs on Wednesday night, Artest collected five steals. "He can dominate a game defensively and take only three or four shots. Not too many guys can do that,” Brooks said. "I coached him a year. He’s back. He’s a top three (in the league) two-way player. Defensively, he’s as good as they come, and he can also be an offensive force.”
FAST BREAKThabo Sefolosha has averaged 11.3 points and shot 58.3 percent in three games against the Lakers. ... Ibaka has averaged 9.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in two games against the Lakers. ... The Thunder released guard Mustafa Shakur, who was signed to a 10-day contract but didn’t appear in a game. Shakur, a D-League All-Star, is rejoining the Tulsa 66ers.