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OKC Thunder notebook: Derek Fisher building comfort level with new teammates

By John Rohde, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: March 28, 2012
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HALF-A-HUNDRED

Durant was discussing the current standings and the importance of OKC worrying only about one game at a time when he was reminded just 16 games remained in the 66-game regular season.

“That's crazy,” said a smiling Durant. “It's felt weird all season. It's late March and we're only 50 games in. Normally we'll have played 50 games in the middle of February.”

BOOK BUS

Thunder reserves Nick Collison, Nazr Mohammed and Royal Ivey are scheduled to visit Westwood Elementary, 1701 Exchange Ave., on Friday at 2 p.m.

They will welcome 75 first-graders aboard the Rolling Thunder Book Bus, presented by American Fidelity Assurance Company. Each student will be able to pick out a free book to take home.

TIP-INS

OKC won three of four against Portland for the second straight season. … The Thunder is now 16-8 on the road and 9-2 in the Northwest Division, which it leads by 11 games over Denver and Utah. OKC could wrap up its second straight division title by early next week. … Portland starting guard Raymond Felton missed Tuesday's game to attend to a family matter in South Carolina.

UP NEXT

After Thursday night's game at the Lakers, the Thunder returns home to face Chicago at noon Sunday. That is followed by a 7 p.m. game Monday at home against Memphis, followed by games at Miami on Wednesday and at Indiana on Friday.

QUOTABLE

Fisher on being unbeaten (4-0) since joining the Thunder last week: “We're playing well and it's very apparent that these guys are hungry, they're playing with a passion and enjoy playing the game together. Like I've said before, I just want to add anything I can add to what I thought was a special situation already before I got here.”

QUOTABLE II

Portland point guard Jonny Flynn after playing a season-high 25 minutes against the Thunder: “Top to bottom, they are so good. … They have every facet of the game that you need. They showed us that when you make mistakes on defense, they can really hurt you.”