Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Sleeve jerseys don't bother OKC shooters

Beno Udrih didn't look real thrilled with the sleeves on his jersey, but the Thunder shooters were 13 of 23 from 3-point range.
by Anthony Slater Published: December 25, 2013


photo - Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) and New York Knicks guard Beno Udrih (18) scramble for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, in New York. The Thunder won 123-94. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) and New York Knicks guard Beno Udrih (18) scramble for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, in New York. The Thunder won 123-94. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

After Knicks point guard Beno Udrih fired a wide-open 3-pointer off the side of the backboard, he gave a disgusted look toward the sleeves on his jersey.

It was one of those “must have been the wind” type excuse faces, trying to play it off like the NBA's special Christmas threads were to blame for the brutal miss.

And maybe they did bother Udrih, who went 1-of-6 shooting and complained about the jerseys postgame.

BOX SCORE: THUNDER 123, KNICKS 94

“If you think about them,” the Thunder's Kevin Durant said. “I'm sure they'll mess with your mind a little bit.” 

But they didn't seem to be bothering the Thunder shooters, who went a combined 13 of 23 from 3-point range, a blistering long-range display that's been rare for OKC this season.

 “Our whole team practices in T-shirts every day,” Durant said. “So I guess that didn't affect us.”

 Maybe that's the secret.

PAST VS. PRESENT 

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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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