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Thunder notebook: Thunder bloodied but unbowed

The Thunder returned to practice on Monday after consecutive losses at Portland and the Los Angeles Clippers. Despite two very disappointing defeats, the team has remained positive.

by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 4, 2011
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THUNDER BLOODIED BUT UNBOWED

The Thunder returned to practice on Monday after consecutive losses at Portland and the Los Angeles Clippers. Despite two very disappointing defeats, the team has remained positive.


“We can't panic. That's one thing we can't do,” said Kevin Durant. “We lost two in a row. We're still at the top of our division right now and in good position in the playoffs. We got to stay positive. It's not the end of the world.”

Most disappointing in the past two games was how the Thunder's offense disappeared in the loss to the Blazers, and the defense shut down against the Clippers. The Thunder scored just 32 points in the second half at Portland and allowed 61 second-half points to the Clippers.

Now, the Thunder is looking to put those issues behind it and salvage something of this three-game road trip with a win tonight against a red hot Denver team that has won six straight.

“We're in good shape,” said forward Nick Collison. “All year, we've been a team that's just tried to come out and win the next game, and I don't see anything changing.”

CHEEKS COMES UP SHORT FOR HALL

Thunder assistant coach Maurice Cheeks was not named to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2011, it was announced Monday.

In February, Cheeks was named one of 12 finalists for this year's Hall of Fame class. But Cheeks fell short of the required 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election.

The committee selected Herb Magee, Chris Mullin, Dennis Rodman, Tex Winter, Teresa Edwards and Tara Vanderveer. Arvydas Sabonis was selected by the International committee, while Tom “Snatch” Sanders was selected by the Veterans Committee. For the first time, two additional selections were chosen as directly elected enshrines. Reece “Goose” Tatum was chosen by the Early African-American Pioneers Committee, and Artis Gilmore was selected by the ABA Committee.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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