OKC Thunder notebook: Thunder has fond memories of Mo Cheeks

Oklahoma City faced Maurice Cheeks for the first time since he accepted the head coaching position with Detroit this summer.
by Darnell Mayberry Modified: November 8, 2013 at 10:35 pm •  Published: November 8, 2013
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Perkins played less minutes in each subsequent game in the Thunder's first four contests. He played just 17 at Detroit on Friday.

“I like what he's done,” Brooks said. “We have three guys that I can throw in that position and help us win games, and he understands that role. He understands what we need out of that position.”

MUTUAL RESPECT

Before leaving town Wednesday, Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki fired back some complimentary words about Kevin Durant, who earlier in the day ranked Nowitzki as his favorite player.

“He's way better than I was at 25,” Nowitzki said. “He's the complete package. He's so long. He can shoot from anywhere. He can post now. He can go left, he can go right.

“What they've been telling me is he's a gym rat. He lives in the gym all summer. He wants to get better every year, even though he's one of the best offensive weapons we have in our game. But he wants to improve. He wants to work hard. Really, the sky is the limit.”

CARTER SUSPENDED

Dallas guard Vince Carter was suspended one game without pay for throwing an elbow and making contact with the head of Adams, the NBA announced Friday.

The incident occurred with 4:01 remaining in the third quarter of the Thunder's 107-93 victory over the Mavericks on Wednesday night. Carter was assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 and ejected for the incident.

Carter served his suspension Friday at Minnesota.

TIP-INS

The Thunder wore its navy blue alternate uniform for the first time this season Friday night. OKC unveiled the uniform last year and went 6-5 in games in which it wore them. The team was 2-0 at home. … Reggie Jackson rejoined the Thunder lineup after missing the second half of Wednesday's game against Dallas with a left hip contusion. He scored six points with six rebounds and six assists in 18 minutes.

UP NEXT

The Thunder returns home Sunday to host Washington. Tip is 6 p.m.

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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