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OKC Thunder notebook: Goaltending would have changed outcome

Kevin Durant potentially could have cost the Thunder the series opener Sunday when he snared Marc Gasol's 3-point attempt in front of the rim as the final buzzer sounded.
by Ryan Aber Published: May 5, 2013
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x-Game 5 – May 15, TBD, Chesapeake Energy Arena on TNT

x-Game 6 – May 17, TBD, FedExForum on ESPN

x-Game 7 – May 19, TBD, Chesapeake Energy Arena on TBD

x-If necessary

BOUNCING BACK

Thunder sixth man Kevin Martin bounced back well from a 1 for 10 shooting night in Game 5 against Houston by scoring 25 in each of the next two games.

Center Kendrick Perkins is confident teammate Serge Ibaka, who was 1 for 10 from the floor in Game 1 against Memphis, will bounce back as the series continues.

“Serge is not going to ever shoot 1 for 10 again, I guarantee you that,” Perkins said. “We'll be all right.”

Ibaka, who finished fourth in the NBA in field-goal percentage (.573) during the regular season, missed his first seven shots before hitting on his eighth attempt, which came early in the third quarter.

TIME FOR THABEET

With Memphis' bigger lineup, Brooks changed his rotation to include 7-foot-3 center Hasheem Thabeet, the league tallest player who previously played for the Grizzlies.

Thabeet played less than five minutes in the first round against Houston, another of his former teams. He played 3:37 in Game 1 against the Grizzlies.

Brooks said he envisions playing time for Thabeet throughout the series, and potentially for Daniel Orton as well.

FLAGRANT FOUL

Early in the second quarter, Thunder reserve forward Nick Collison was called for a Flagrant I foul on Tayshaun Prince.

Prince went up with two hands and Collison fouled both arms. As Prince fell to the floor, Collison reached out to catch his fall. However, game officials were not swayed by Collison's attempt to soften Prince's landing and stuck with their initial call.

As the play was being reviewed, Memphis forward Zach Randolph walked up to midcourt and shook Collison's hand. Kennedy told Randolph to return to his own bench area.

BY JOHN ROHDE AND RYAN ABER

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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