"We had 15 assists with only one turnover.”
UCLA TIESRookies Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love, teammates at UCLA, talked in pregame for around 15 minutes. Some thought the Sonics/Thunder might take Love. Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti chose Westbrook with the No. 4 overall pick. "They got it right,” Love said. "It was a great pick. People don’t realize he’s really young and was supposed to be in the ’07 high school (senior) class. He’s long, athletic. I saw it all last year. I saw it all last summer. After the third pick, I turned to Russell and said, ‘You’re next.’ He said, ‘Nah.’ Russell was a great pick for them.” Love, selected fifth behind Westbrook, has recorded 23 double-doubles and is averaging 10.6 points and 9.0 rebounds.
FAST BREAKGreen was poked in the eye on a first-quarter dunk. The collision dazed Green for a few minutes, but he returned to score 17 points. ... Thabo Sefolosha is third in the league in steals (2.6) in March. ... Nenad Krstic has been playing with a sprained left wrist he suffered last week. ... Midwest City product Shelden Williams is seeing limited action with the Timberwolves, averaging 4.4 points and 3.5 rebounds his last dozen games. BY MIKE BALDWIN