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Thunder Notebook: Latavious Williams sits the first day; Reggie Jackson carries the offense vs. Boston; Cole Aldrich has a rough day; Jones plays through cramps; Hayward battles through tough shooting day
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 9, 2012
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“I'm just a young player trying to get better in the league,” Jackson said. “Hopefully I just become a well-rounded player, fix up my flaws and minimize some of my deficiencies.”

ALDRICH HAS ROUGH DAY

Cole Aldrich, who is projected to be the backup center behind Kendrick Perkins next season, struggled through a rough opening day in Orlando.

Aldrich missed all four of his field-goal attempts and scored just one point in 31 minutes. The third-year center pulled down seven rebounds but had just one assists and three turnovers, three of them coming on illegal screens.

“He played hard,” Bryant said. “It was the first game. He hasn't played in like two years, so this is like his first big-time game. I thought he did all right. And he will get better throughout the week.”

JONES CAUGHT CRAMPS

After making his pro summer league debut, forward Perry Jones immediately knew what he needed to improve as the summer labors on.

“My stamina,” Jones said. “I caught cramps. I know the team is going to help me get better in every category so I'm just waiting to get better.”

Jones didn't play the final two minutes despite the Thunder being down by just four at one point in that span. But he said it had nothing to do with the cramps.

“They didn't know,” Jones said of the coaching staff.

HAYWARD BATTLES THROUGH BAD SHOOTING DAY

Third-year forward Lazar Hayward was 0-for-8 at halftime.

But in the second half, Hayward scored 14 of his 18 points, made 4-of-6 shot and pulled down seven of his team-high nine rebounds.

“Lazar had some good looks, they just didn't go in for him,” Bryant said. “But he still played aggressive, he played defense, he was into the game and he didn't let those shots that he missed affect him defensively. He was building guys up, and that's what we want. He's going to hit those shots.”

Hayward also attempted, and made, a game-high nine free throws.

TIP-INS

The Thunder will play Indiana on Tuesday at noon. The game can be seen live on NBA TV and online for a fee by signing up for the summer league broadband package … The Thunder trailed the Celtics by 17 on two occasions late in the first quarter … Both the Thunder and Celtics shot below 38 percent on Monday … The Thunder had just four assists against Boston and 15 turnovers … OKC used a starting lineup of Jackson, Hayward, Jones, Aldrich and Garrett Temple … Former Thunder forward Ryan Reid went scoreless and had two rebounds in 13 minutes Monday.

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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