Thunder notebook: Friday scrimmage will be all business

Yukon High School will host 5:30 p.m. workout
BY JOHN ROHDE AND DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writers, jrohde@opubco.com; dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: September 30, 2010 at 6:30 pm •  Published: September 30, 2010
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Thunder coach Scott Brooks said tonight's Blue & White open scrimmage at the Yukon High School gym will be a business trip.

"It's not an All-Star Game atmosphere," Brooks said after Thursday's practice. "We're there to get better. It's going to be a legitimate scrimmage. The teams are going to be evenly matched. Hopefully, the score indicates that. Coaches are ready. We're getting our game plans together."

Brooks said today will simulate a routine game day for the Thunder, with a team shoot-around at 10 a.m. at the practice facility.

The doors at Yukon open at 5 p.m., and admission is free. The scrimmage will start at 5:30 and finish around 6:45. Thunder players then will attend the pregame coin toss for Yukon's home football game against Norman North.

ANOTHER GAME WINNER

For the second straight day, the Thunder ended its morning practice with a late-game scrimmage. On Wednesday, All-Star forward Kevin Durant hit a game-winning shot with 0.7 seconds remaining. On Thursday, Durant swished a 27-footer with 2.3 seconds left with Jeff Green in his face.

Watching Durant's heroics is not getting old for Brooks.

"If it gets old, then you've got to do something else," Brooks said. "Great moments like that should never get old. Kevin has the ability to make big shots. Russell (Westbrook) has the ability to create big shots, and Jeff. Down the line, we have guys who can do that, but K.D. has developed into making big shots throughout the game."



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