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Thunder notebook: ‘Bittersweet’ homecoming for Blake Griffin

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, Published: February 22, 2011
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“No, I think it’s fine the way it is. It’s a showcase. You can’t take it over the top with seriousness and all that. It’s a showcase for us to come out and perform and compete. Obviously the competition picks up in the fourth quarter. But, I mean, this is fun. It’s not something that’s overly dramatic.”

DURANT GOES DOWN IN GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS
Kevin Durant earned a Guinness World Record over All-Star Weekend when he and Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki combined to make 15 3-pointers in a one-minute span, the most by tandem. Boston’s Paul Pierce and Ray Allen had the record (13) before Durant and Nowitzki broke it.

“That might have been the biggest surprise,” Durant said of his weekend. “I can say I’ve done something that not too many people can do. But you have to give some credit to Dirk, too. He made a lot more shots.”

GREEN GRIFFIN
When the All-Star Game crowd inside Staples Center began chanting “We want Blake,” Griffin was taken aback by the overwhelming support. And he didn’t quite know how to handle it.

“It was pretty cool, really cool actually, to get recognition from the fans like that,” Griffin said. “They were all looking at me like, ‘Why aren’t you going in?’ I didn’t know that was the protocol, to get up immediately.”

A COACH’S VIEW
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, who coached the West All-Stars, was impressed with a reporter’s query (a rarity) about whether he gleaned any additional coaching skills from captaining such a highly talented roster.

“You’re not really focused that way,” Popovich said. “But I think you learn more about people. You learn a little bit more about each guy’s personality and who has a sense of humor and those sorts of things. So you got to really appreciate the people more in these sorts of environments.”

QUOTABLE
New York forward Amar’e Stoudemire on Kobe Bryant — “You could tell he started out from the start, he wanted to get MVP. He was not passing the ball at all.”

BRIEFLY
The 291 combined points in Sunday’s NBA All-Star game were the most ever scored in regulation. The record, including additional periods is 303 points, which went into one overtime. …LeBron James registered only the second triple-double in All-Star Game history with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Michael Jordan has the other one, recording 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in 1997. …James’ 24.4-point average over his seven All-Star appearances is the highest scoring average in the game’s history.

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY


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