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OKC Thunder notebook: Avery Johnson and Jalen Rose defend Russell Westbrook for getting on Kevin Durant

Westbrook and Durant dismissed it after the game, saying it was just a heat-of-the-moment-type situation. On Thursday, ESPN analysts and former point guards Rose and Johnson backed Westbrook, saying they saw nothing wrong with the exchange.
by Anthony Slater and Erik Horne Published: May 22, 2014


Danny Green is 11-of-15 from three in the first two games of this series. Thabo Sefolosha is 11-of-47 from three since the All-Star break.


The Thunder’s first five losses of this postseason, to the Grizzlies and Clippers, came by a combined 29 points. OKC’s last two losses to the Spurs came by a combined 52 points.


Thunder center Steven Adams was named to the NBA's All-Rookie second team, as announced Thursday by the league.

Adams averaged 3.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 50 percent shooting in 81 regular season games for the Thunder. The 20-year-old out of the University of Pittsburgh is the only selection to the All-Rookie first or second team who is still playing in the postseason.

Adams received a total of 65 points and nine first-place votes to make the squad.

Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams of the Philadelphia 76ers headlines the All-Rookie first team, joined by Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo, Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke, New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. and Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee.

Joining Adams on the second team are Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng and Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller.

Thunder guard Andre Roberson was among other first-year players who received at least one All-Rookie Team vote.


The Spurs have yet to win a game on the Thunder’s home floor in this series. But because of a 2-0 lead – done in historically dominant fashion – Vegas is labeling San Antonio as a heavy favorite to represent the Western Conference in the Finals.

Updated odds give the Spurs an 89 percent chance of beating the Thunder.

But, surprisingly, the Thunder is favored by two points in Game 3.

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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