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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Andre Roberson struggles in first preseason start

Rookie Andre Roberson fouled out in 24 minutes during the Thunder's 88-82 win over Utah. He grabbed three rebounds and scored two points on 1-of-4 shooting.
by Anthony Slater Published: October 20, 2013
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After impressing coaches during 38 high-energy minutes in four preseason games, Andre Roberson got an extended look on Sunday.


Overall, it didn't go well, as the rookie fouled out in 24 minutes during the Thunder's 88-82 win over Utah. He grabbed three rebounds and scored two points on 1-of-4 shooting.

But Scott Brooks and Kevin Durant remained positive about Roberson's effort.

“I think experience is so good for all of our guys,” Brooks said. “And he's no different than all of our other guys who went through it.” 

Already established as a solid defender and tenacious rebounder, Roberson continued to struggle on offense.

Left wide open for two corner 3-pointers, Roberson missed both, including one off the side of the backboard.

“He did a great job playing defense, being aggressive, rebounding the basketball and taking the open shots,” Durant said of Roberson. “That's really what we want him to do: Be confident in his jumpshot, be confident on the offensive end.”

 

NICE GAME FOR SERGE

Quietly, Serge Ibaka has put together a solid preseason.

In five games, the Thunder big man is averaging a consistent 14.8 points, scoring double-digits in every contest.

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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