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Thunder notebook: 104-game streak ends

By John Rohde, Staff Writer, Modified: November 8, 2010 at 9:24 am •  Published: November 7, 2010

I never do. If he’s healthy, he comes. If he’s not, he doesn’t. If he thinks he has a chance to play — and that’s between him and (Celtics trainer) Eddie (Lacerte) , then he comes. But I never get involved in that. At least I try not to. I don’t ever want a player to feel like I’m pushing him.”

O’Neal has been sidelined after bumping legs with Amar’e Stoudemire on Oct. 29 and has missed four straight games.

“I’m always going on the trip, unless it’s one of those ‘out for four-to-five weeks’ diagnosis,” O’Neal said. “But I’m close. I just want to be out there at least (at) 80 percent with the guys. I don’t want to be out there half(way).”


Rivers and Brooks chatted briefly at midcourt after the game.

“He said, ‘Keep working with your young guys. They’re going to get a lot better,’ “ Brooks said. “I have a lot of respect for Doc. He’s one of the best coaches in the league and he understands what it takes to win a league championship. We want to get to that level one day.”


Longtime wrestling announcer and Norman resident Jim Ross had a chance to work with the Celtics radio broadcast crew during the first half.

“It was on my Bucket List,” a smiling Ross said at halftime while visiting with OU women’s coach Sherri Coale.


The Thunder and Celtics will complete their two-game season series in Boston on Nov. 19. … An estimated $10,000 was raised for the earthquake relief fund for center Nenad Krstic’s hometown in Serbia. … Thunder rookie Cole Aldrich grew up in Minnesota and was a Timberwolves fan. His favorite player was the man he defended on Sunday night, 13-time All-Star Kevin Garnett.


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