Team chairman Clay Bennett and other Thunder executives attended Tuesday’s game, in large part to gather information on the Heat’s revolutionary 3,400-square-foot video board that was installed in May outside American Airlines Arena. Giving the arena a Time Square-like presence, the gigantic video board is a major revenue stream for the Heat. The largest digital LED display in the Southeast region of the country, the Heat can promote upcoming events on the board and sell advertising on it that can be seen by cars on the highway.
Westbrook, O’Neal avoid ejectionsLate in the first half, Russell Westbrook was whistled for an offensive foul against Mario Chalmers. After the play was over, when Jermaine O’Neal walked toward him, Westbrook pushed O’Neal in the chest. O’Neal responded with a right-handed punch that hit nothing but air. Officials called a double technical but did not eject either player. "That was just us both being competitive, us playing the game in the heat of the moment,” Westbrook said. "I’m just glad my teammates were there (backing me up) and we came out with the victory.”
Livingston undergoes surgeryGuard Shaun Livingston underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday in Birmingham, Ala. Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery, removing staples originally placed in Livingston’s knee during reconstructive surgery 2 1/2 years ago. "This is a little, minor setback,” said coach Scott Brooks. "He should be fine pretty quick. I like the toughness he has displayed coming back from a devastating injury. He was playing good. He just wasn’t in the rotation.” Livingston averaged 1.0 point and 1.5 rebounds in 10 minutes in the two games he’s played. Livingston should return in 3-4 weeks. Kyle Weaver has taken Livingston’s place on the 12-man active roster the past three games.
Orlando rematchThe Magic once again will not be 100 percent when they host the Thunder tonight. Point guard Jameer Nelson underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday that could sideline him until Christmas. Backup center Marcin Gortat might not play because of the flu. In the first meeting 10 days ago, a 102-74 Thunder win, the Magic played without Vince Carter (ankle), Ryan Anderson (ankle) and Rashard Lewis (suspension). All three of those players have returned.
Beasley on DurantKevin Durant and Michael Beasley have something in common besides being the back-to-back No. 2 picks in the 2007 and 2008 drafts. They were AAU teammates in Washington, D.C. "Kevin was always a scorer,” Beasley said. "I started off as just a rebounder but I developed into a scorer. Once that happened we were unstoppable.” Durant contacted Beasley a couple of times this summer when Beasley checked into a rehab center.