OKC Thunder: Could Russell Westbrook's game-winner have a carry-over?

by Darnell Mayberry Published: November 30, 2013

MEMORIES OF THE MASSACRE AT MINNESOTA

The Thunder concludes a six-game home stand Sunday against Minnesota, a team that manhandled Oklahoma City in the first meeting on Nov. 1.

The Wolves won, 100-81, handing the Thunder its most lopsided loss since a 23-point rout at Orlando on Feb. 25, 2011.

When asked what adjustments the Thunder needs to make after it fell to the Wolves the first time, guard Reggie Jackson had an issue with how the question was phrased.

“Fell to would not be the word,” he said. “They were like big brother. They just beat us up. Did whatever they wanted to do.”

Said coach Scott Brooks: “Very rarely does it ever happen where we really got our butts handed to us. I mean, we were down 34 at one time. … What they did to us last game, we learned from it, we've moved on from it. But we have to play much better than we did out there.”

Minnesota comes to town in a tailspin. The Wolves have lost seven of their last 10. They've allowed 108.4 points on average in those seven losses.

PERKINS SHOULD PLAY

Brooks said Saturday that center Kendrick Perkins, who dislocated his left ring finger late in the first half Friday, should be in the starting lineup Sunday against Minnesota.

“I think he's fine,” Brooks said. “He'll be fine (Sunday).”


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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