Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Thunder now has Arkansas flavor

In a span of four days, Oklahoma City acquired Arkansas-college products Ronnie Brewer and Derek Fisher.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: February 25, 2013
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Turnovers have contributed significantly to the Thunder's defensive struggles lately. In games where OKC has surrendered 100-plus points, it also has committed 18-plus turnovers, which frequently lead to easy fast break points.

“When you give up high turnovers, which we're capable of doing, that puts a lot of pressure on your defense,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “That hurts your (opponent field-goal) percentage, that hurts everything. You have to take that into consideration. … When we don't turn the ball over, obviously our defense is much better.”

OKC is 29th in the NBA in turnovers at 15.8 per game. One way OKC could cut down on turnovers would be to slow down the pace, which isn't about to occur with arguably the league's most athletic team.

“We play a style that's very aggressive, so our turnovers are probably higher than normal,” Brooks said. “If we wanted to slow the game down and keep it in the low 90s, I'm sure our turnovers would be down to 13 or 14 a game. That's not worth it to me. Our guys have an aggressive personality and we have success running the ball and trying to score early in the possession.”

PERIMETER PRESSURE

A potentially scary proposition awaits Thunder opponents whenever Brooks opts to play Sefolosha and Brewer simultaneously on the wings.

“Absolutely, they definitely can play together, they can complement each other,” Brooks said. “There are options where I think both can play at the same time.”

PELINKA'S PROFIT

Thunder general manager Sam Presti is quite familiar with Fisher's agent. It's Rob Pelinka, who also represents Durant and James Harden. Pelinka advanced to three Final Fours as a player at Michigan, twice during the Fab Five era.


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