Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Martin credits health for hot start

Martin spent summer rehabilitating injured shoulder. He is averaging 18.4 points on 52.2 percent shooting for Oklahoma City.
by Darnell Mayberry Modified: November 8, 2012 at 11:16 pm •  Published: November 8, 2012
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photo - Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) drives the lane between Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins, left, and Serge Ibaka (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) ORG XMIT: CXA106
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) drives the lane between Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins, left, and Serge Ibaka (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) ORG XMIT: CXA106

Still, the Thunder now has 92 through its first five games, a disturbing 18.4 average.

“Obviously we don't want to have high turnovers,” Brooks said. “That's something that has plagued us throughout this early part of our season. But it's something that we're going to keep working on, we're going to drill, we're going to watch film and we're going to try to cut down those sloppy turnovers.”

Durant thinks he has a simpler solution.

“As far as turnovers,” he said, “I think we've got the right intentions but we've just got to be stronger with the ball and make better passes — and keep the ball out of my hands.”

THABEET TAKES A TUMBLE

With 10:30 left to play Thursday night, reserve center Hasheem Thabeet landed awkwardly after attempting to block a driving layup by Bulls guard Nate Robinson.

Thabeet immediately began wincing as he fell to the floor beneath the basket. He clutched his left knee while down but was able to get up and line up for ensuing free throw attempts by Chicago center Joakim Noah.

Following the first foul shot by Noah, however, Thabeet checked out of the game and went directly to the locker room. He returned to the bench moments later after being cleared to continue playing. A team official said Thabeet had a mild left ankle sprain.

TIP-INS

A 7,600-word cover story on the Thunder will appear in this Sunday's editions of The New York Times Magazine. It can be read now at www.nytimes.com. ... Eric Maynor scored 10 points with three assists in 12 minutes off the bench Thursday. … Serge Ibaka appeared to roll his ankle late in Thursday's game. He played through obvious discomfort and finished the game. … The Thunder missed 10 of its first 12 shots but ended the opening quarter by making nine of its final 12. … Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha combined to score 16 of the Thunder's first 18 points … Ibaka went 1-for-1 from 3-point range Thursday. He's now 1-for-3 from beyond the arc this season.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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