Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks says Nets are playing “tough-minded basketball” under Avery Johnson

By John Rohde, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: November 30, 2010 at 9:06 pm •  Published: November 30, 2010

The Thunder plays New Jersey in Newark today at 6 p.m. Oklahoma time. The Nets have left the Izod Center at the Meadowlands and are playing inside the Prudential Center (home of the NHL New Jersey Devils) pending the 2012 completion of the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Coming off a 12-70 season, the Nets are currently 6-12 after losing at New York on Tuesday night.

“Avery (Johnson) does a great job,” Brooks said of the Nets' new coach. “He has them playing tough-minded basketball. They've got a big-time center in Brook (Lopez), a terrific point guard in Devin (Harris). They've got some shooters around them. They've got the young fella (rookie forward Derrick Favors), who's going to be a very big player in this league. We have to go out there and play like we've played all season long on the road, take the challenge and it's going to be a good challenge for us.”

THABO SEFOLOSHA TO HOST BASKETBALL CAMP

Thabo Sefolosha will host a basketball camp on behalf of the Wes Welker Foundation on Dec. 28.  One hundred high school boys from eight different Oklahoma City public schools will be attending the camp at Douglass High School from 3-6 p.m.

Other Thunder players, coaches and staff will stop by to help out and serve as guest coaches.

THUNDER'S MARCH TO THE FREE-THROW LINE CONTINUES

As has often been the case this season, opponents are shaking their heads at the Thunder's performance at the free-throw line, both in attempts and makes. Monday night's 95-89 victory over New Orleans at Oklahoma City Arena was no different as the Thunder converted 26 of 29 (89.7 percent) and the Hornets hit 11 of 17 (64.7 percent).

“You try to make more free throws than the other team attempts,” Hornets point guard Chris Paul said. “They made more than we attempted.”



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