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Notebook: Thunder close to finalizing trade

by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 10, 2013

Two days after leaving a game with what ultimately was diagnosed as a mild concussion, Thunder center Daniel Orton said he's healthy and ready to return to the court.

“I feel fine,” Orton said Wednesday. “Everything's all right. I still got to take another test on the computer (Thursday) to make sure everything's all right. I should be able to (play). We'll see coming back from the test, the results.”

Orton was held out of games on Tuesday and Wednesday after bumping heads with teammate Reggie Jackson during a game Monday. Both players had to exit the game.

Orton was averaging 12 points and 5.5 rebounds before sustaining the mild concussion.

NEW FORMAT ADDS COMPETITIVE ELEMENT

Under the summer league's new scoring system, teams are awarded three points for winning a game and one point for winning each quarter. If the teams are tied at the end of a quarter, both teams earn 0.5 points.

Through four days, the Thunder has earned 20 points, good enough for first place in the standings. The two teams with the most points will play in the championship game on Friday.

“We're all competitive so I think it's making everybody want to win,” said Thunder guard Jeremy Lamb. “Even though it's a summer league playoff it's still important. You always want to win, so I think that's bringing this competitive spirit.”

Although the Thunder is in first place going into Day 5, OKC no longer controls its own destiny.

The Thunder already has played four games and will now have Thursday off. Miami and Utah, meanwhile, both play Thursday and, with 14 points, can surpass the Thunder if they both earn seven points Thursday.

Utah plays Indiana at 10 a.m. Miami plays Detroit at noon.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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