Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Perry Jones III getting comfortable

Rookie forward Perry Jones III made the most of some unexpected playing time Friday against Orlando, scoring eight points with a career-high five rebounds in the Thunder's 117-104 win.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: March 16, 2013

REBOUNDING RESULTING IN WINNING

The Thunder is 33-7 when out-rebounding opponents this season.

Including last year, Oklahoma City is 64-12 when out-rebounding opponents.

That's a stat Brooks pointed out to the team Saturday, hoping to illustrate to his players how important rebounding is.

“So we're just trying to get better at that,” Perkins said.

The Thunder ranks eighth in the league in total rebounding at 43.3 per game. One of the keys to success has been a team effort. Six players are averaging at least four rebounds, and four players are averaging at least five boards.

“Our guards rebound,” Perkins said. “We've got a lot of athletic guards, and (Kevin Durant) is 6-10 on the wing. Thabo (Sefolosha does) a good job of coming in, him and (Russell Westbrook). So we all do a great job collectively but we're still trying to get better.”

FOCUS AND CONSISTENCY

Much of Brooks' message after Friday's win over Orlando centered on playing with consistency and focus for 48 minutes.

The Thunder nearly blew a 27-point lead when the Magic rallied in the second half and got within four points late.

The players seem to be hearing their coach loud and clear.

“We just got to keep improving, keep listening,” Perkins said. “It's about our mindset; make sure we come in the game with the right focus. Sometimes you've got to smell the blood so when you have a team down 27 that's the time to push it up to 40.

“I think we've been doing a pretty good job of it of late. We had a little slippage (Friday) night but we're going to watch film and clean it up.”

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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