Durant has maintained that involving others ultimately will make the Thunder a more dangerous team. Brooks said the ball will remain in Durant's hands.
“The high turnover guys in the league are some of the best players,” Brooks said “because you have the ball in your hands a lot. And we need the ball in his hands a lot.”
WESTERN CONFERENCE RIVALRIES
After a hard-fought game Wednesday at Memphis, point guard Russell Westbrook was asked if the Grizzlies are the Thunder's rival.
“Not sure,” Westbrook said. “I mean, I don't know who our rival is. So many teams; Dallas and San Antonio. Who knows? But I think the Western Conference is in itself a rival. Every team wants to beat each other. Every team wants to win.”
STILL NO ADDITIONAL MINUTES FOR JACKSON
Second-year Thunder guard Reggie Jackson has now supplied two consecutive solid performances off the bench, but they still might not be enough to warrant additional playing time.
“He did exactly what we wanted him to do, go in there and play his minutes hard,” Brooks said. “But Russell's one of the best point guards in the league. There's only 10 or 12 minutes behind him.”
Jackson scored eight points with six rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes in Tuesday's loss to Denver. His energy sparked the Thunder in the second half when the Nuggets threatened to run away. Against the Grizzlies on Wednesday, Jackson scored seven points with three rebounds in 23 minutes. It was the most minutes Jackson has played in consecutive games this season.
Memphis center Marc Gasol comparing Wednesday's win over the Thunder to a meal: “Soup and salad. We definitely got the soup and salad tonight. Now I am going to get my entrée and a little glass of wine.”