“It was just me being young,” Martin said. “I didn't even realize what being left off the playoff roster meant. I thought I was still part of the team and now you're telling me to be Ray Allen. He said that's when he saw something in me.”
What did Martin do to master his role as Allen?
“Shoot it,” Martin said. “Come off pin-downs and shoot it. It didn't help because I think he averaged 35 points that series.”
The Kings lost the opening-round series 4-1 to the SuperSonics and Allen averaged 32.4 points.
Martin had 19 points (7 for 11 from the field; 2 for 4 from 3-point range) in 25 minutes before fouling out against the Timberwolves on Friday night.
OKC shot a ridiculous 57.8 percent from the field, 64.3 percent from 3-point range and 100 percent (22 for 22) from the free-throw line.
The Thunder also shot 100 percent at the line while going 22 for 22 against Sacramento on Dec. 14.
OKC is now 19-1 when shooting 50-plus percent from the field.
Up next for OKC are the Chicago Bulls at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, and the Bulls won 105-75 at Charlotte on Friday night. … The Thunder led 100-83 after three quarters, marking the first time this season OKC had reached triple-digits before the fourth quarter. … The Thunder never trailed and its biggest lead was 18. … OKC had 18 turnovers, which the Timberwolves turned into 26 points. … Minnesota's bench outscored the Thunder's bench 59-40.
Thunder reserve forward Nick Collison on the Thunder's sense of urgency riding a three-game losing streak: “There was some of that. We haven't been happy with how we've been playing, for sure. We know that the important thing is who we are tonight and how we're going to play tonight. It doesn't matter what happened the last three games. We have the ability to come out and play well tonight, and that's what we wanted to do.”