Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Thunder tweaks pregame rituals

Before NBA adjusted rules, Oklahoma City players needed almost 3 minutes to complete handshakes and fistbumps.
By John Rohde Published: October 21, 2012
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Rookie Perry Jones III and Eric Maynor are possible replacements in the starting lineup for OKC's sixth preseason game.

The Thunder closes out the preseason on Wednesday night at Wichita, Kan., against the Dallas Mavericks.

TIP-INS

The Nuggets hit 8 of 10 3-pointers in the first half, but went 2 for 12 in the second half to finish at 45.4 percent. … OKC shot 7 for 8 from the field to start the game while Denver started 1 for 7 and trailed 14-5. … Durant swished a running 55-footer at the third-quarter buzzer, but the shot was disallowed after replays showed he did not get the shot off in time. … The Thunder's biggest lead was 19 (49-30). The Nuggets' biggest lead was one on three occasions. … The Nuggets had held their previous three opponents under 100 until Sunday. … The game was a sellout (18,203), marking the fourth sellout in five preseason games for the Thunder. Games on Tuesday at Chicago and Wednesday at Wichita are both anticipated sellouts. … OKC shot just 12 free throws against Denver, but made 11 (. 917). … Denver's Danilo Gallinari shot 6 for 13 on 3-pointers and 3 of 8 on 2-pointers.

QUOTABLE

Brooks on his team's theatrical pregame rituals: “There's no question we probably led the league in fist bumps, hugs, dances, karate chops, kick boxing, shadow boxing, every imaginable thing.”

BY JOHN ROHDE

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