A Los Angeles reporter had a question about the superior court presence of Clippers point guard Chris Paul and asked Thunder coach Scott Brooks if he thought the game through in the same manner when he was an NBA point guard.
Brooks flashed a grin as the question was being asked: “It's hard for me not to smile when you're mentioning Chris Paul and myself (in the same sentence),” Brooks said. “Everybody was thinking that, but nobody was wanting to say it.”
The Thunder will not practice Thanksgiving Day. Players are free to spend time with family and friends until the team charter departs at 3 p.m. for Boston, where OKC will play the Celtics on Friday at 6:30 p.m. … Paul (0 for 5 in the first half) didn't score his first point Wednesday until 54.4 seconds remained before halftime. It came on a free throw after a technical foul on point guard Russell Westbrook, who now leads OKC in technicals with three. … Thunder reserve center Hasheem Thabeet had six points and three rebounds in eight first-half minutes. … Clippers forward Matt Barnes started in place of Caron Butler (strained right shoulder). … Serge Ibaka banked in a 25-footer at the second-quarter buzzer to give OKC a 59-49 halftime lead.
Brooks on how the Clippers have improved defensively: “They have better players. It helps when you have better players. Coaches are better coaches. Teammates are better teammates. Fans cheer better. When you have a better team, everything is better. People say that all the time, but there's so much to that. It's 100-percent true.”