OKC Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks to keep Russell Westbrook on a minute restriction

Oklahoma City's star guard returns during loss to Miami, but he played a season-low 24 minutes. Thunder fans should get used to that.
by Anthony Slater Published: February 20, 2014

PERKINS LEAVES EARLY

Early in the third quarter, Thunder center Kendrick Perkins got caught up on a screen and came up limping.

The initial diagnosis was a left groin strain. He did not return.

“I haven't got a chance to talk to our staff yet,” Brooks said of Perkins. “We'll see.”

QUIET DEADLINE FOR THUNDER

The trade deadline came and went Thursday afternoon and, other than a few minor rumors, it remained quiet in Oklahoma City.

And really, across the league, it was a relatively uneventful deadline. No Western Conference contender made a major acquisition.

The biggest move came at the last minute out East, with Indiana shipping oft-injured swingman Danny Granger to Philadelphia for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen.

SOONERS IN THE HOUSE

OU football coach Bob Stoops and his wife Carol were seated courtside for the Thunder-Heat game on Thursday night, right near OKC's bench and right next to owner Clay Bennett.

And another Sooner legend, former running back Adrian Peterson, was spotted in the tunnel postgame, chatting with some Heat players.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

The Thunder's 22-point loss was its worst home defeat since April 2009, its inaugural season in Oklahoma City.

UP NEXT

The Thunder has two days off before another nationally televised game. OKC plays the Clippers at home on Sunday. It's a noon tip on ABC. Los Angeles is 37-19 right now.


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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