More than a twinge of pride had to soak over the Thunder brass Monday night. Old pal Nazr Mohammed had quite a night. He scored eight points, on 4-of-5 shooting, and had two rebounds as the Bulls bounced the Nets 90-82. Mohammed played 171/2 minutes in spelling the hobbled Joakim Noah. Mohammed spent the last two playoff runs with the Thunder and was a solid backup center, as well as a sage for a young team.
But Mohammed isn’t the only ex-Thunder dotting these playoffs. Roll call:
Jeff Green, Celtics: 26 points and seven rebounds in a Game 1 loss to the Knickerbockers. Green slowly is becoming part of the Boston core.
Chris Wilcox, Celtics: Didn’t play in Game 1 but played 61 games for Boston this season.
D.J. White, Celtics: Didn’t play in Game 1; has played in 12 games after signing with Boston in late February.
Johan Petro, Hawks: The original Thunder center — he started in the Thunder’s debut OKC game — still is hanging around. He’s Atlanta’s backup center and had six points in a Game 1 loss at Indiana.
Daequan Cook, Bulls: The Thunder’s 3-point specialist of the last two seasons now is with Chicago, though he didn’t play in either of the first two games of the Net series.
Nate Robinson, Bulls: Didn’t make an impact during his 2011 stint with the Thunder, but Chicago relies on Robinson as a spark. He had 17 points in Game 1 against Brooklyn and 11 points in Game 2.
James Harden, Rockets: I assume you’ve been keeping up with James.
For die-hard Oklahoma City NBA fans, you can also watch a litany of ex-Hornets who called OKC home: Tyson Chandler and J.R. Smith, Knickerbockers; the Birdman, Heat; Brandon Bass, Celtics; David West, Pacers; Chris Paul, Clippers.