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Oklahoma City Thunder to be without top two scorers tonight against Dallas

By Mike Baldwin - Staff Writer Modified: March 2, 2009 at 4:08 pm •  Published: March 2, 2009
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/articleid/3349788/1/pictures/545993">Photo - Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant is seen from behind in this Bryan Terry photo.
Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant is seen from behind in this Bryan Terry photo.
“He’ll get an opportunity to piggy-back on that performance. You can only play so many guys. We go with an eight-man rotation. Some guys have to sit. They have to be prepared when their name is called to play well.”

Malik Rose, acquired last month in a trade, played 14 minutes Friday night against Dallas and could play some. Brooks prefers an eight-man rotation but might play more players with his two young stars sidelined.

“Whoever is in there will have to play with a lot of passion and a lot of energy,” Brooks said. “This is a game guys have an opportunity to play extra minutes, more minutes than they have in the past.”

Nowitzki has averaged 43.5 points in down-to-the-wire wins over the Thunder.

“It’s probably crazy to say but we’ve done some good things defensively on him,” Brooks said. “He’s an incredible player, the MVP of the league a couple of years ago. We want him to put it on the floor, particularly with his right hand. He’s an incredible shooter with 3-point range.

“I’m looking forward to Nick and the other guys that get a crack at him and try to contain him. Make his touches, make their offense (difficult). Don’t let them get into a rhythm.”


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