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OKC Thunder adds Darko Rajakovic to coaching staff

by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 5, 2014

The Grizzlies scored 36 points off the Thunder’s giveaways.

Every Thunder player but Jones had at least one turnover. Roberson led the way with five. Nolan Smith and Lamb each had four.

Memphis had just 10 turnovers, which the Thunder turned into only 11 points.

“It’s the start of the week after just three days of practices,” Rajakovic explained. “We’re just trying to move the ball and play aggressively. That was something that we anticipated; definitely something that we need to continue to work on this week. And that’s going to be a big emphasis for the whole week, not just turnovers but every single little detail that we want our guys to get better in this period.


Thunder center Steven Adams had to be removed from Saturday’s game in the first quarter because of a shin contusion. He returned to start the second half and played 18 minutes.

Adams played through a noticeable limp, but he is not expected to miss any games that he already wasn’t scheduled to sit out for rest purposes.

“Steven is a tough kid, and I’m 100 percent sure he’s going to be ready for the games. The only thing is that you can anticipate that some of the guys from our roster, they’ll sit out some of the games. We won’t play all the guys every game. So you can anticipate that during this week.”

Adams scored seven points with two rebounds and two blocked shots.


Philadelphia forward Nerlens Noel made his summer league debut after missing the entire 2013-14 season while recovering from a torn ACL.

Noel, who slipped to the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft after being projected to go first overall, scored a team-high 19 points with two rebounds, three assists, four steals and one blocked shot. He played 26 minutes.

It’s unclear if he’ll play Sunday against the Thunder. Tip-off is 4 p.m.

“I don’t have many limitations, but we will be diligent, especially for this being my first game,” Noel said. “So I definitely will see how I feel (Sunday). But I feel pretty good so we’ll just keep it going and watch it carefully.”


The Thunder announced Saturday that it has signed first-round draft pick Mitch McGary to his rookie scale contract. … Jones scored a team-high 15 points for the Thunder. He made five of seven shots, two 3-pointers and added six rebounds. … Lamb scored 14 points but went 4-for-12 from the field. … Grizzlies guard Jordan Adams, the 22nd overall pick, scored a game-high 22 points against the Thunder.

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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