Thunder notebook: Curious decision

Oklahoman Modified: December 17, 2008 at 5:31 am •  Published: December 17, 2008
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photo - San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) keeps the ball away from Oklahoma City Thunder forward  Joe  Smith during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) keeps the ball away from Oklahoma City Thunder forward Joe Smith during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
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overall in last year’s draft while the Clippers took Eric Gordon No. 7. Part of the reason the Clippers traded Cuttino Mobley to the Knicks was to open playing time for Gordon, who scored a season-high 22 points.

Gordon has started the last 11 games, averaging 16.3 points the past three games, 8.5 for the season. Westbrook is averaging 12.9 points and has more assists (4.1) and rebounds (4.0).

Fast break
Earl Watson dished out 12 assists but had five turnovers. ... The Clippers scored 29 points off 21 Thunder turnovers... Oklahoma City shot 58.3 percent at the line... There weren’t as many people in the seats as the announced paid attendance (18,275) but it was a good turnout of around 16,000 considering the weather warnings.

Swift update
Center Robert Swift has a new injury. After being sidelined early in the season by a hand injury, Swift has been sidelined the past eight games by back spasms. At the end of Monday’s practice Swift suffered a severely sprained left ankle in post-practice, one-on-one drills. Best-case scenario is his back and ankle will improve and he might rejoin practice this weekend.

"I like going as hard as I can,” Swift said. "You get hurt sometimes doing that but you push through it. My back was getting better but leveled out. I’ve just been trying to do as much as I can to try and get back in shape.”

By Mike Baldwin


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