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OKC Thunder notebook: Rivers reflects on value of Perkins

by Anthony Slater Published: May 14, 2014

From the cover: “For now there remains a distinction between (Michael) Jordan and KD. Six distinctions, to be precise. And therein lies the hole in the young star’s career, one no manner of scoring titles or individual awards can fill.”


While rare, the Thunder’s Game 4 collapse was not the worst in NBA playoff history.

There have been others, including the Houston Rockets losing a 20-point lead in the final 10 minutes and falling to the Phoenix Suns in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Houston’s point guard in that game? Scott Brooks.

“I definitely remember it pretty clearly,” Brooks said.

Houston shook off that collapse and went on to win the title. But Brooks said he didn’t share that success story with his team going into Game 5.


As part of his offseason, Thabo Sefolosha continues to get involved in humanitarian efforts.

The Thunder forward will again join with Basketball Without Borders this August and take part in a camp in Johannesburg, Africa. Sefolosha will be joined by Nets forward Andrei Kirilenko and NBA coaches Brian Shaw, Jeff Hornacek and Dwane Casey.


The Oklahoma City Thunder will participate in the Orlando Pro Summer League from July 5-11.

In addition to the Thunder, the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Memphis Grizzlies, Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers will participate. The event will remain closed to the public because of space limitations.

In a departure from past years, the annual Orlando Pro Summer League will last seven days, and no team will play for more than three days in a row before it receives a rest day.


Game 6 comes on Thursday night in Los Angeles. Tip is at 9:30 Oklahoma time on ESPN.

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