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Oklahoma City Thunder: Kendrick Perkins expected to start Sunday against Atlanta

BY JOHN ROHDE Published: November 3, 2012

“He's definitely in a slump right now,” Brooks joked. “He's led the league three years in a row. That's in jeopardy. We've got 80 games to figure that out.”

THUNDER'S FREE-THROW SHOOTING LESS EFFECTIVE

The Thunder led the NBA in free-throw shooting percentage the past two seasons and finished second three years ago.

OKC shot 80.6 percent last season, 82.3 percent in 2010-11 (fifth-highest season percentage in NBA history) and 80.5 percent in 2009-10.

The Thunder ranks 14th so far this season and is shooting 76.4 percent after going 23 for 32 (.719) in Friday's home victory against Portland.

ROOKIE JEREMY LAMB DRAINS LONG THREE-POINTER

Thunder rookie Jeremy Lamb has played just 68 seconds this season, and capitalized by draining a long-range 3-pointer with 19.5 seconds left in Friday's game.

“Any time I can get him a minute, it's important because they add up,” Brooks said.

The official game book had Lamb's attempt listed at 27 feet.

“I thought he was trying to compete with Rumble (on his half-court shot during timeouts) with the distance that he shot that,” Brooks said. “It was easily 30.”

THUNDER GUARD KEVIN MARTIN OK WITH ‘K-MART'

Thunder shooting guard Kevin Martin has no objection to being called K-Mart.

“I can live with it — as long as the other one's not in the league. He gets kind of mad,” Martin said.

The other K-Mart is 6-foot-9, 234-pound Kenyon Martin, who no longer is in the NBA.

TIP-INS

Thanks to the Harden trade, Houston's lone visit to OKC on Nov. 28 has been picked up by NBA TV. The network also added Tuesday's home game against Toronto. Dropped were the Thunder's game at Portland on Jan. 13 and OKC's game at Dallas on Feb. 4. … Atlanta is the first of three straight Sunday home games for the Thunder. OKC plays eight Sunday home games this season and 15 total. … With Friday's victory after Thursday's loss at San Antonio, the Thunder is now 36-9 after a loss since the beginning of the 2010-11 season.

-- JOHN ROHDE


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