OKC did not practice Thursday on the heels of Wednesday night's smothering 96-85 victory at Miami. Had Brooks been available for interviews, he no doubt would have bristled at any question looking past tonight's game against the Bobcats – and would expect his players to react the same.
Trouble is, the Thunder has looked too darn good lately to think only of Friday and not what lies ahead.
OKC clings to a 3½-game lead over Denver (41-27) for the top spot in the Northwest Division and the No. 4 seed in the West.
The Thunder also is just 3½ games behind the Mavericks and Lakers (both 48-20) for the No. 2 seed.
Before Perkins and Mohammed arrived with the Feb. 24 trade deadline, Thunder fans were looking in the rearview mirror to see who might be gaining.
Many of those fans are now staring straight ahead, anxious to pass the teams in front.
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Bobcats at Thunder
When: 7 Friday night
Where: Oklahoma City Arena (18,203)
TV: FS Oklahoma (Cox 37, HD Ch. 722)
Radio: WWLS 98.1-FM, WWLS 640-AM
THREE THINGS TO KNOW
* Former Thunder forward D.J. White, who was traded with Morris Peterson for center Nazr Mohammed, is averaging 20.7 minutes, 8.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 0.7 blocks for Charlotte.
* Former Oklahoma standout Eduardo Najera, 34, is in his 11th NBA season and the Bobcats are his sixth different team. He has 594 career games and has made 85 starts.
* In this year's previous meeting, OKC held the Bobcats to just three points in the first 9:09 of the final quarter and breezed to a 99-81 victory. Later that night, coach Larry Brown resigned.
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