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'Coach' Lorelei Decker offers some advice to OKC Thunder

By John Rohde Published: March 26, 2013

Honorary Thunder assistant coach Lorelei Decker attended Tuesday's practice and apparently confronted her boss and some players on how they can improve.

Coach Scott Brooks joked that the 18-year-old Decker scolded him about the technical foul he received late in the third quarter of Sunday's 103-83 victory against Portland at Chesapeake Energy Arena. And Decker didn't stop there.

“She told me to work on my game,” three-time All-Star Russell Westbrook said with a smile.

Anything specific?

“Nope, she just said we need to win. That's it,” Westbrook said.

Decker got on Brooks about his technical foul. Did she get on Westbrook, who has 11 this season?

“No, she didn't get on me about mine,” Westbrook said. “I don't think she knows.”

Decker was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma during the second semester of her senior year at Putnam City North High School, when she was 17. During the 2011-12 season, the Thunder teamed up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and granted Decker her wish to serve as a Thunder assistant coach for a day.

Last October, Brooks skipped his team's Blue and White scrimmage in Bixby to accompany Decker to a Make-A-Wish awards ceremony in Phoenix after the Thunder had been selected as one of its Chris Greicius Celebrity Award recipients.

OFF THE WALL

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is coming off a career-high 47 points in Monday night's home victory against the Memphis Grizzlies.

The highest individual point totals for opponents against the Thunder so far this year: Houston's James Harden (46 points on Feb. 20); Miami's LeBron James (39 on Feb. 14); New York's J.R. Smith (36 on March 7); and Cleveland's Kyrie Irving (35 on Feb. 2).

INJURY UPDATE

The Wizards had just nine players available for Monday's victory against Memphis and might have the same number available against OKC.

Battling injuries are: center Nene' (knee/wrist/shoulder), guard Bradley Beal (ankle), forward Trevor Ariza (flu), guard A.J. Price (groin) and forward Martell Webster (strained abdominal).

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