Thunder notebook: De-fense, de-fense

Oklahoman Modified: November 3, 2008 at 9:04 am •  Published: November 3, 2008


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Led by Nick Collison’s team-high 10 rebounds, the Thunder out-rebounded Minnesota 50-38.

"Twenty-five second-chance points was the difference in the game,” said T-Wolves coach Randy Wittman. "They shot 24 percent in the first half off set plays but ended up shooting 40 percent for the half because of put-backs.”

Early grade

Some analysts said the Thunder erred by selecting Russell Westbrook No. 4 overall in the draft and should have taken Kevin Love, who was selected No. 5 by Memphis and traded to Minnesota.

It’s a small sample, but Westbrook has had a better debut based on summer camp, preseason games and the first week of the regular season.

Fast break ...

The Thunder committed only four turnovers in the second half. Two of the four were in the final minute. ... Thunder players are off today and return to practice Tuesday in preparation for Wednesday’s game against the defending NBA champion Celtics. ... It took nearly six halves, but the Thunder grabbed its first Ford Center lead with 2:02 left in the first half on Jeff Green’s breakaway dunk. ... Two large red LOUD CITY banners stating "Bring The Thunder” were added to the rafters.

BY MIKE BALDWIN



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