Thunder: NBA trade deadline not a distraction

Although no deals are expected from the Thunder, the process can become a distraction.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: March 14, 2012
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HELPING BRAZZAVILLE

At Friday's home game against the San Antonio Spurs, Thunder fans will have the opportunity to help the people of Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo, the hometown of Serge Ibaka.

The Thunder will hold a special in-game raffle and auction to benefit the people of Brazzaville following explosions and fires last week that killed more than 200 people and injured more than 1,300.  The tragedy occurred when a munitions depot exploded on March 4. The blasts leveled nearby residential areas and left hundreds of men, women and children homeless.

The featured item in the auction will be Ibaka's autographed game-worn jersey and an opportunity to meet him after the game. Other signed Thunder memorabilia also will be up for auction. Fans can purchase a $5 raffle ticket for the chance to win a team-autographed Thunder basketball. Both the auction and the raffle will be outside Section 120 on the main concourse. A portion of the proceeds will go toward UNICEF.

QUOTABLE

Brooks on why there was plenty of blame to go around in Tuesday night's gut-wrenching 104-103 home loss to Houston, which outscored OKC 13-1 in the final 2:29: “I don't think we did a good job of demanding the ball where we wanted it (offensively). It's a breakdown of everybody. It's not just Russell. Everybody is involved in every set that we do. Everybody has to do their part. You can't discount one part of the play and think that's OK, and that's what we did throughout the last couple of minutes.”

UP NEXT

After playing Denver on Thursday, the Thunder returns home for 8:30 p.m. games on Friday against San Antonio and on Sunday against Portland.



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