Thunder notebook: A busy Tuesday for Thunder

Community appearances, movie keep players, coaches and Rumble busy
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: January 24, 2012
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A condensed season also has the Thunder organization busy off the court.

On Tuesday, six players made community appearances, as did Rumble, the Thunder Girls and multiple staff members.

OKC coach Scott Brooks acknowledged the frantic schedule. “That's never a concern,” Brooks said. “We expect and demand a lot from our guys on the court and off the court. We believe that's our responsibility.”

In addition to having a community appearance, All-Star forward Kevin Durant had to shoot scenes for his upcoming movie “Thunderstruck,” which began filming last summer.

“He knows how to get his rest and what his body and mind needs to rest,” Brooks said of Durant. “I'm confident that always will be the case with Kevin. When you're a good player, people want to see you and want to be a part of your life, but Kevin's fine.”

Durant said he would have preferred to rest rather than shoot the movie Tuesday, but he kept his commitment.

“During the season, I really don't like to do too much but just focus on basketball, but it comes with the territory,” Durant said. “They've got to get some more stuff (filmed). To be honest, I really don't want to do it. I want to rest today, but I have to. It's only three or four hours out of my day. Hopefully, I'll get through it.”

Hey, that's Hollywood.

“Yeah,” Durant said, “but this is Oklahoma City.”

NO SECOND CHANCES

OKC's biggest problem so far this season has been supplying hope to outmanned opponents (see 105-102 loss at Washington last week) by allowing them to stay in the game longer than they should.

The crux of the problem has been too many offensive rebounds and second-chance points.

The Thunder ranks 24th in percentage of total points off second chances at 14.6 percent and is 23rd in second-chance points allowed per game at 13.7.

OKC ranks last in opponent offensive rebounds allowed per game at 13.4 and is 28th in offensive rebounding at just 9.5 per game.

“Defensively, I thought we've been good, other than we have to finish up possessions with a rebound,” Brooks said.