OKC Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook impresses with will to play

by Darnell Mayberry Published: March 3, 2012

“Thabo is actually on the court a little more,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “It's just standstill, not a lot of movement. But we see some good signs. We'll just see how he feels day-to-day.


Thunder center Kendrick Perkins was whistled for five fouls in 13 minutes Saturday. Three of them were offensive fouls. … Perkins and Harden were shown on the kiss cam during a third quarter timeout. … Atlanta guard Jannero Pargo hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter to give the Hawks a 76-75 lead. … Hawks guard Kirk Hinrich wore a pair of Durant's low top signature KD IIIs. … Former NBA center Dikembe Mutombo, who once played for Atlanta, attended Saturday night's game. He was in the Thunder's locker room after the game holding court with forward Serge Ibaka. … The Georgia Tech men's basketball team hosted a noon game against Wake Forest inside Philips Arena on Saturday. Tech won 69-62.


Atlanta forward Josh Smith: “We don't forget about the last-second shot where they had the game won down there in Oklahoma City last year. We wanted to be able to try to return the favor and be able to win this game tonight.”


The Thunder returns to Chesapeake Energy Arena, where it will open a five-game home stand on Monday against Dallas. It will be the fourth and final meeting between the teams. The Thunder is 2-1 against the Mavs this season.

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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