Unlike Russell Westbrook’s recent return to the Thunder lineup, there hasn’t been much of a readjustment period with Thabo Sefolosha and Kendrick Perkins back.
Much of that has to do with the position and responsibility of the three players.
Westbrook is a high-usage, ball-control point guard who needed to regain his touch and feel for the game.
“Point guard is a hard position (even) when you’re healthy,” Scott Brooks said. “You’re either guarding the ball or have the ball in your hand.”
But Sefolosha and Perkins are defensive aces who sporadically contribute on the offensive end. And while they need some time to regain their game condition, a lot of what they do has to do with smarts and power, things that don’t necessarily leave you during a month-long absence.
“They have that tough defensive mentality,” Brooks said. “They have defensive bodies. Perk, it’s hard to score on him. It’s hard to score on him from the block and hard to score on him at the rim. And Thabo, he gets through screens, he knows the team’s plays, he knows the players he is guarding very well.”
KD DRAWS UP PLAY, SAYS HE WANTS TO COACH SOME DAY
During a timeout with less than 90 seconds left on Friday night — a 116-94 Thunder blowout win over the Pelicans that was all but decided an hour earlier — Kevin Durant snatched the white board and drew up an offensive play.
And out of the timeout, the Thunder’s mop-up crew executed it to perfection.