Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Thunder-Grizzlies is 'great competition'
Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said he had no reason to think about former Grizzlie Hasheem Thabeet playing for Oklahoma City.
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“It's as close as I get to Stillwater, and I've still got good friends who're from the city,” Allen said. “Other than that, it's just back home, back in my old stomping ground and it feels good to come out here and play. Especially to get a win.”
CALENDAR ON SALE
The Thunder Girls will begin sales of their 2013 swimsuit calendar with a release party on Friday at Riverwind Casino. The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. and will feature all 20 Thunder Girls, who will be on hand to autograph the calendar. Fans can purchase the calendar for $15. There is no charge for event admission, and fans of all ages are welcome to meet the squad.
Memphis outscored the Thunder 20-9 on second-chance points, 13-12 in fast-break points and 42-38 in the paint. … OKC made its first 17 free throws, then missed five of its last nine. … The Grizzlies scored 16 points off 15 Thunder turnovers while committing just eight turnovers themselves for 11 points. … Quincy Pondexter, who scored 13 points off the bench for Memphis, originally was drafted by the Thunder with the 26th overall pick in 2010 and traded with Craig Brackins in exchange for Cole Aldrich and Morris Peterson.
Hollins on why his team didn't attempt many 3-pointers last season: “Well, if you're not making them, why shoot them? It's all about talent and if we don't have guys make them, why are we out there shooting them? If they shoot them and make them, we're fine. But if they shoot them and keep missing them, I'm going to tell them to stop shooting them and go to the basket.”