Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Limited turnovers help OKC to win over Portland

Coming in, OKC averaged 15.4 turnovers per game, fourth most in the NBA. Against Portland, the Thunder had a season-low seven turnovers.
by Anthony Slater Published: January 21, 2014



Tuesday night's showdown with Portland was only the start of a stacked schedule for the Thunder to end January.

In the month's last 11 days, OKC plays seven games, starting with the Spurs on Wednesday night, continuing with a back-to-back in Philadelphia and Boston this weekend and concluding with a road trip to Miami and Brooklyn.

But despite the strenuous slate, Brooks doesn't seemed worried about playing for his feature players.

“Our staff does a good job monitoring our guys' minutes, other than the game,” Brooks said. “Practice minutes, shootaround minutes, pregame minutes.”



Durant has a career-long streak of eight straight 30-plus point games. The next longest this season in the NBA is four.



From here, the Thunder takes an overnight flight down to San Antonio for the second half of a tricky back-to-back. OKC is 2-0 against the Spurs this season, but both games came with Russell Westbrook. With a win, the Thunder would vault into first in the Western Conference.

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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