Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks says OKC has added nuances

BY JOHN ROHDE Published: March 25, 2013

The Wizards stunned OKC with a 101-99 upset despite being without point guard John Wall (knee), center Nene' (knee), forward Cartier Martin (knee), forward Trevor Booker (knee) and shooting guard Jordan Crawford (ankle), who has since been traded to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins.

Wall returned for Washington the first game after beating OKC and has since averaged 15.9 points, 7.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals.

Commencing with that upset of the Thunder, the Wizards had gone 21-20 (.512) heading into Monday night's game.

BLAZERS SLIP

Sunday night's 103-83 loss to the Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena left the Trail Blazers (33-37) three games behind the Los Angeles Lakers (36-34) for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

“It's just how the season has gone,” Portland shooting guard Wesley Matthews said. “And it's frustrating. It's frustrating, it's irritating, but at the same time, there's so much promise. We're just not quite there.”

TIP-INS

The Thunder did not have a formal practice Monday, but players showed up at the practice facility for a developmental day and treatment. … OKC shot an acceptable 36.4 percent from 3-point range against the Blazers, marking the first time in five games the Thunder shot better than 30 percent beyond the arc. … OKC's recent slump from 3-point range has seen it slip from second in the NBA to No. 5 in 3-point percentage at .377. … The Thunder leads the league in free-throw percentage (.826), blocks (7.5) and point differential (9.2), is second in scoring (106.2), third in field-goal percentage (.481) and opponent blocks (4.1) and is fifth in rebound differential (3.1).

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Matthews on how physical the Thunder plays: “They've got two guys (Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka) that patrol the paint and they're physical. They're physical and they get away with being physical. I guess that's one of the perks of being one of the best teams in the league. Perkins kind of patrols the paint. Serge takes care of stuff at the rim. They've got pretty good on-ball defenders.”



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