OKC Thunder notebook: Thunder focusing on transition defense

Coach Scott Brooks said team needs to change disturbing trend.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: October 15, 2012
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photo - Houston Rockets' Kevin Martingets (12) dribbles past Oklahoma City Thunder's DeAndre Liggins during the second quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game in Hidalgo, Texas, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Delcia Lopez) ORG XMIT: TXDL111
Houston Rockets' Kevin Martingets (12) dribbles past Oklahoma City Thunder's DeAndre Liggins during the second quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game in Hidalgo, Texas, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Delcia Lopez) ORG XMIT: TXDL111

Brooks was among those impressed.

“I thought he played well,” Brooks said. “He's been a great addition to our camp. He's doing the things that we need. He spreads the floor. He makes shots. He can be another long defender. But like every rookie in this league it takes time to learn the system, learn your opponent. But I thought he had a great showing. I was happy for him.”

INJURY REPORT

Kendrick Perkins (wrist) participated in the majority of practice Monday. But there still is no new timeline for when he'll make his debut. The team continues to target the start of the regular season for Perkins.

Thabo Sefolosha (quad) went through all of practice Monday but is unlikely to play against Charlotte in Tuesday's opener, Brooks said. If Sefolosha doesn't play Tuesday night, it's likely he will make his debut Friday against Phoenix in Tulsa.

James Harden (groin) did not practice Monday. He still is listed as day-to-day.

TIP-INS

Tickets are still available for Tuesday night's preseason opener against Charlotte. Fans can go to Thunder.nba.com for tickets. … Former Bishop McGuininess standout Daniel Orton is expected to make his Thunder debut against the Bobcats Tuesday night. … Brooks wants to continue to limit Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook's minutes. Neither has played more than 20 minutes thus far. … Former Thunder center Byron Mullens has been starting for the Bobcats. In three games, Mullens has averaged 15.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, one assist, one blocked shot and one steal in 27.3 minutes. The Thunder traded Mullens to Charlotte before the start of last season for a second-round draft pick. But the NBA conveyed that pick to Boston to compensate the Celtics for receiving an injured Jeff Green from the Thunder in the trade that brought Perkins to OKC.

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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