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OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook says he never considered leaving

By DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, Published: January 22, 2012

Said Presti: “The guy is so resilient. It's really hard to keep him down. He just continues to come back and work. That's incredibly impressive.”


After a rocky three-game road trip, guard James Harden can only hope that a return home will bring a return to his customary productivity.

Against Boston and Washington last week, Harden averaged just nine points on 5-for-16 shooting (31.2 percent). The Thunder's sixth man salvaged something of the trip by scoring 16 points on 5-for-9 shooting with a career-high nine rebounds at New Jersey on Saturday.

In seven home games, Harden is averaging 19.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists on 52.8 shooting.


Presti on Westbrook: “Our expectations for Russ are high, and he knows this. We expect him to continue to develop, even though he's 23 years old, in a myriad of ways.”


The Thunder will honor Tyler Ryan of Edmond on Monday night as January's Devon Community Hero. On Nov. 9, 2011, Ryan, 24, was assisting a stranded motorist and lost his leg when an inattentive driver crashed into the parked car. He will be honored during the first-quarter break for his selfless and heroic act…The Pistons have lost eight of their past 10…Detroit ranks second-to-last in points per game with an 85.2-point average. The Pistons' minus-9.36 scoring differential is the fourth worst in the league.


The Thunder will return to Chesapeake Energy Arena to play Detroit on Monday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

By Darnell Mayberry