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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook disappointed in his and the team's recent defense

The Thunder’s All-Star point guard was critical of OKC’s defense and, particularly, his individual performance on that end, categorizing it as disappointing.
by Anthony Slater Published: March 27, 2014

“Yeah, 82 games is hard,” Nick Collison said. “It’s hard for everybody, it’s a marathon. So I think the human element comes into play, where you’re physically tired, you don’t feel good going into these games.”

But Collison doesn’t feel that’s a good enough excuse for the recent defensive lapses.

“We’re capable of (better defense),” Collison said. “Just too many breakdowns, a lack of consistency.”


On Thursday afternoon, the center of the sports world shifted to College Station, where former Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel held his pro day.

Everyone seems to have an opinion on the professional prospects of this polarizing Heisman winner. And that includes Thunder superstar Kevin Durant, a well-known football fanatic who said, in an interview with the Sports Animal, that Manziel impressed him in workout.

“I seen the beginning of Johnny Football’s pro day and I was really impressed that he threw in pads and a helmet,” Durant said. “Everybody is throwing in shorts and a T-shirt and he wanted to take the challenge and do something different. You gotta applaud that.”

Durant went on to tell the station that he’s a “huge” Manziel fan and is “wishing him the best.”

“I would take him in the top five, if I was a GM,” Durant said. “He might not be the tallest or the strongest, but he’s gonna go out there to play to win and give his all on every play.”


After missing the past two games, Hasheem Thabeet returned to Thunder practice on Thursday.

He was on an excused absence for personal reasons. He will be available against the Kings on Friday.

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as'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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