OKC Thunder notebook: Thunder rates high in GM poll

By John Rohde Published: October 22, 2012
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DRAWING A CROWD

The Thunder sold out all three in-state preseason games, two at Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203) and one at the BOK Center (18,233) in Tulsa.

A sellout crowd is anticipated at United Center (20,500) in Chicago on Tuesday and also at Intrust Bank Arena (15,004) in the Thunder's preseason finale against Dallas on Wednesday in Wichita, Kan.

“Not only are they selling out, they're showing up,” Brooks said of the in-state crowds. “I'm sure a lot of arenas because of a season-ticket base are sold out, but they're actually showing up on a weekday game in an exhibition. That tells you how much our fans appreciate our players, and it goes both ways. Our players appreciate the fans for coming out.”

OKC also drew 17,786 fans against Utah at EnergySolutions Arena on Oct. 12. In its preseason opener two days earlier against Houston in Hidalgo, Texas, the Thunder played before a crowd of 5,198 at State Farm Arena, which has a capacity of 5,500 for basketball.

STRETCHING SERGE

Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka has the look of a stretch-4 player, burying three 3-pointers in the last two games and going 2 for 2 against Denver.

“That's definitely a fine line there because once you start making a few, you think that's all you need to do,” Brooks said. “We still need Serge to stay in the range where he's going to make a high percentage, but he's worked on it and he makes them in practice. It's not something that we're just experimenting with during the games.

“I can't imagine him taking more than one a game. I think from 22 feet (from the corner) he can knock that down hopefully at a 40-percent clip.”

FOOTBALL FLAVOR

Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell and fullback Trey Millard attended Sunday night's game at Chesapeake Energy Arena and received loud ovations when shown on the scoreboard.

QUOTABLE

Brooks on Ibaka and Nick Collison taking more 3-point attempts from the corner this season: “That's what we do here. We're a stretch-4 factory.”



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