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Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook, Thunder not worried about Lakers

Westbrook said: “Our job is not to worry about them. Our job is to worry about our team that we have here and the things that we can do to continue to improve.”
by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 10, 2013

Collison and Kevin Durant are the only remaining members of the Thunder who played in Seattle.


Starting with Friday's game against the Lakers, the Thunder will play nine of its next 10 away from Chesapeake Energy Arena.

“We knew going into the season that we were going to have a lot of games in January,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “We had to take care of our home court. We had a few games that we haven't played well lately, but there's other teams that want to win just as bad as we do … We're ready for the challenge and we're going to embrace it and we're going to have some fun with it.”


In each of the past two games, Brooks has played seldom-used swingman DeAndre Liggins meaningful minutes.

Liggins, though, has not disappointed. He provided a spark in each of his two appearances and scored six points with four rebounds, one steal and one assist in 17 minutes.

Could he now be a part of the rotation?

“He's getting some minutes. They're not always going to be there. They're not always going to be consistent,” Brooks said. “But I take a lot of pride in all of our guys being ready when they're called on and the last couple of games he was ready. And I'm not going to hesitate to do it again.”


According to public records, Westbrook has closed on an Edmond home. The sale price was $1.9 million. … In two games at this year's D-League Showcase, rookie Jeremy Lamb, currently on assignment with the Tulsa 66ers, has averaged 25.5 points, including a 33-point performance Thursday. Andy Rautins, a training camp invitee this year with the Thunder and member of the 66ers, won the showcase's 3-point contest. Dominique Sutton, also a member of the 66ers, won the slam dunk contest. … The Thunder faces a Lakers team Friday night that has lost five straight and six out of their past seven. L.A. has allowed 111 points per game during its five-game skid.

By Darnell Mayberry

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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