OKC Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks worried about free-throw discrepancy

by Anthony Slater Published: January 25, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks reacts to a call in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Oklahoma City won 105-97. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks reacts to a call in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Oklahoma City won 105-97. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

In the month of January, Kevin Durant has made nine more free throws (139) than the rest of his teammates combined (130).

 And he's done it in one less game.

 It's a startling stat that speaks to both a positive and negative about the Thunder's offense right now.

 Durant is the best in the league at getting free throws, making an NBA-high 9.0 per game on an NBA-high 10.2 attempts.

 But the rest of his team has struggled, particularly Serge Ibaka and Reggie Jackson, two talented offensive players who score plenty but get fouled rarely.

 “It's definitely something that has been addressed with our guys,” Scott Brooks said. “I think Serge can get to the line more, Reggie finishes in the paint and at the basket, but he doesn't get to the free-throw line. So it's something we are aware of, a part of our offense that we have to get better.”

IVEY'S STATUS STILL UNKNOWN

Royal Ivey's 10-day contract expires on Sunday morning and, at this point, it is not known what the Thunder will do with him.

NBA teams only get two 10-day contracts before they must sign a player for the rest of the season. So OKC may want to maintain flexibility for unforeseen circumstances.

But Ivey's argument to remain on the team is a simple one — superstition. OKC is 7-0 since signing Ivey.

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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