OKC Thunder notebook: Familiar foes for Derek Fisher, Ronnie Brewer

By John Rohde Published: February 26, 2013

New teammates Kevin Durant and Kevin Martin called Brewer one of the top five defenders in the league.

Is Brewer really that good? “I hope I can be that good,” Brewer said. “Under the circumstances, when I was playing those guys, it was a huge challenge.”

After being acquired by OKC, Brewer immediately was compared to starter Thabo Sefolosha.

“He's one of the premier defenders in this league,” Brewer said. “For me to get my name mentioned up there with him and to be a similar type player is an honor, but I'm just going to try to match his intensity out there and whatever he does on defense. Like I said before, I don't want to lack any production when I get out there, the same intensity, the same aggressiveness and play my style of game.”

TIP-INS

New Orleans will be on the back end of a back-to-back Wednesday, having played at home against Brooklyn on Tuesday night. Meanwhile, the Thunder's last game was a 30-point rout Sunday over the Bulls in which none of its starters played in the fourth quarter. … Durant continues to lead the league in scoring (28.8) and free-throw percentage (.909). Durant has made 61 of his last 63 free-throw attempts (.968). Martin is fourth (.903). … OKC is shooting .833 from the line. The NBA single-season team record is .832 by the 1989-90 Boston Celtics. … Martin is tied for ninth in 3-point percentage (.431), Durant is 16th (.423) and Sefolosha is 20th (.414).

WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The Thunder selected five Oklahoma students as grand-prize winners of its fifth annual Thunder Black History Heroes Challenge.

Antonio Love of Tulsa, Jaden Pierce of Lawton, Nautica Thomas and Bobbi Jarmon of Oklahoma City and Carissa McGouran of Duncan were winners in their age categories from 500 entries submitted by students across Oklahoma. Students honored heroes from black history or personal heroes through original artwork, poems, videos and crafts.

QUOTABLE

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle on OKC signing Fisher, who played for the Mavs in December: “Look, he's one of those guys, he's been in this league for a long time, won a lot of rings and my opinion is he's earned the right to do what's best for him. If Oklahoma City is a good situation for him, then that's what he should do. We've got to carry on and we can't be concerned about things like that.”

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