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Game 2 Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook's thumb still hurting

Russell Westbrook's thumb is still hurting. He suffered the injury in the Western Conference Finals vs. San Antonio.
By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: June 14, 2012


Russell Westbrook had his left thumb wrapped during most of Thursday morning's shootaround.

Westbrook injured the thumb late in the Thunder's Western Conference Finals series against San Antonio.

Westbrook took one-handed shots with his right hand during the open portion of the shootaround before pulling the wrap back and taking shots with both hands.

He did not wear a wrap during either of this series' first two games.

While Westbrook has received plenty of criticism this year, he came two rebounds shy of a triple-double in Game 1 and has Miami coach Erik Spoelstra's attention.

“He's such an aggressive, attacking player. I think even when he makes mistakes at times that they live with it because he creates so much on those assaults to the rim,” Spoelstra said. “So our job tonight will be to try to get him out of his comfort level as much as possible while we respect that speed.”


After being held without a block for the first time in the playoffs and just the fourth time all year, it didn't take Serge Ibaka long to start making up for it.

Just more than four minutes into the game, Ibaka blocked a Dwyane Wade shot.

By the end of the first half, Ibaka had four blocks, all on Miami's “Big Three.”

Ibaka blocked LeBron James twice and Chris Bosh once before the half ended.


The National Basketball Association's vice-president of development in Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall, arrived in Oklahoma City in time for Game 2.

Fall, a former director of player personnel and vice president of international affairs for the Dallas Mavericks, works from the NBA offices on Johannesburg, South Africa.

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