Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Jack Nicholson watched Thunder thump Lakers
Three seasons ago, during Game 5 of the NBA playoffs, Nicholson struck up a conversation with OKC coach Scott Brooks. “You think I would remember something like that?” Brooks asked in mock disgust. “It was actually pretty cool.”
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Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant scored 28 points on 23 shots Friday and primarily was defended, as usual, by Thabo Sefolosha.
Sefolosha playfully was asked what his reaction would be if Brooks told him to defend, say, Darius Morris. Would Sefolosha be happy with that defensive assignment?
“Not really,” Sefolsoha said, not smiling. “If I'm tired (defending Bryant), I might turn to KD and say take him a few possessions. But after I feel good, I'm ready to go again.”
With three games in four nights, OKC will have Saturday off before playing at Portland on Sunday and at Phoenix on Monday. … Rather than fly to Portland after Friday's game, the Thunder stayed a second night at their Santa Monica hotel, will fly to Portland at noon Saturday and arrive around 2 p.m. … Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler were seated side-by-side. Also on hand were actor Andy Garcia, actress Charlize Theron, baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson and boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. … The Lakers announced reserve forward Jordan Hill is out for the remainder of the season and will require hip surgery. …
Brooks on the importance of a team having good health, which the Thunder has had with the same starting five all season: “I'm not going to stand up here and say I'm a great coach because Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook make a lot of things happen for us. I understand that without them (in the lineup), I might come up with an injury bug and not coach that game also.”
By JOHN ROHDE
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