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OKC Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks explains decision to start Nick Collison

The new starting lineup was outscored by 11 points in the first half, but it outscored the Spurs by five in the second.
by Anthony Slater Modified: May 20, 2014 at 8:49 pm •  Published: May 19, 2014
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ANDRE ROBERSON ACTIVE

For the first time in his playoff career, Andre Roberson was active on Monday night. And it came in a fitting place — San Antonio, his hometown.

The rookie played the final two minutes in mop-up duty.

MAKE-A-WISH BASKETBALLS

In honor of Kevin Durant’s first MVP award, Spalding produced 2,014 officially licensed KD MVP basketballs, complete with a picture of Durant, a Thunder logo and a list of his awards and honors.

The ball is priced at $99. There are only about 500 left. The proceeds got to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma. Fans can order by calling 1-800-345-2868.

POPOVICH ON KERR

The latest lead man in the NBA coaching fraternity is Steve Kerr, the Warriors new head coach who is also one of the TNT analysts for the Western Conference Finals.

“Well, I’m not really sure why I have to have him interview me before the game because he’s a competitor now, with all that TNT stuff,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich joked. “That’s my main concern.”

But then the Spurs coach, who coached Kerr on two of his title teams and now considers him a friend, went on to laud Golden State’s hire.

“He’s been around, he’s seen a lot, he’s seen enough to know what he doesn’t want to do,” Popovich said. “He’s great with interpersonal relationships. He’s a hard worker.”

STAT OF THE DAY

On Monday night, including playoffs, Ibaka missed only his fourth game out of 374 the past four seasons.

UP NEXT

Game 2 comes on Wednesday night in San Antonio. Tip is at 8 p.m. Oklahoma time on TNT. Following Game 2, there is a three-day break before the series resumes in Oklahoma City on Sunday night.

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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