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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks sticks with rotational adjustments to key series-clinching win

by Anthony Slater Published: May 3, 2014

/articleid/4746076/1/pictures/2562395">Photo - Oklahoma City's Steven Adams (12) goes to the basket beside Memphis' Marc Gasol (33) during Game 7 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 3, 2014. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Steven Adams (12) goes to the basket beside Memphis' Marc Gasol (33) during Game 7 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 3, 2014. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Adams also called the suspension unfortunate.

“I was surprised,” Adams said. “It’s really unfortunate … I’m actually a big fan of his. He’s smart with how he plays.”

Randolph apologizes to organization

Ninety minutes before tip-off, from a nearby hotel, Randolph apologized for the suspension in an interview with The Commercial Appeal of Memphis.

But he didn’t sound like a guy who agreed with the ruling.

“I want to apologize to my fans and the organization,” Randolph told the newspaper. “This was totally unexpected. I wasn’t even thinking about that play. Normally, if you do something in a game like get a technical or get into something, you think about it all night. I didn’t think about it. I was just upset about the loss. Not being able to play in Game 7 never crossed my mind.”

KD on the craziness of the playoffs

Saturday provided a first in NBA history, with Oklahoma City hosting one of a record three Game 7s on the same day.

And there are two more scheduled for Sunday, with that number almost three again, if only Blazers guard Damian Lillard had not ended the Houston-Portland series with a wild buzzer-beating 3-pointer on Friday night.

“A great shot,” Durant said. “Knowing that that game could have been a Game 7 as well and then having five of them already. It’s been great, man. A lot of people love to see that this time of year.”

Quotable

Kendrick Perkins, asked if Adams reminds him of himself at all: “Yeah, except for the athleticism part.”

Stat of the day

How you lose/win a starting job: Since returning from injury, Thabo Sefolosha is 3-of-20 from 3-point range. During that same time frame, Caron Butler is 22-of-34 from deep.

Stat of the day II

Of note in this wild seven-game series: The Thunder never trailed at the end of regulation. All three of its losses were in overtime.

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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