OKC Thunder notebook: Kendrick Perkins explains his national anthem absence

Thunder center has gone to restroom to “get my head together.” It was a ritual Perkins has been doing since his days with the Boston Celtics.
by Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater Published: December 13, 2013
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STEVEN ADAMS RETURNS, THABO SEFOLOSHA SITS AGAIN

 Two nights after what looked like a bad ankle sprain, rookie center Steven Adams was back in the Thunder lineup, without even a limp.

 

But Thabo Sefolosha, still nursing a sprained right knee, missed his third consecutive game.

 

Adams finished with five rebounds, three assists, five fouls and a point in 14 minutes. Sefolosha is still considered day-to-day.

 

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Thunder coach Scott Brooks on whether there's ever a thought to tame down Russell Westbrook: “We want Russell to be aggressive. I do not want Russell to play like I played. That would not look good. First of all, I wouldn't be here. I wouldn't be in my sixth season if I was trying to mold him to be the next Scott Brooks.”

 

STAT OF THE GAME

 

Serge Ibaka (19 points, 10 rebounds) compiled his 11th double-double of the season. He had only 15 all of last year.

 

UP NEXT

 

The Thunder faces the Orlando Magic (7-16) at 6 p.m. Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Oklahoma City has a chance to improve to 12-0 at home.

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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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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com'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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