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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