Thunder notebook: Did player's-only meeting spark Game 2 win?

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: May 4, 2011 at 11:05 pm •  Published: May 4, 2011
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“He gets criticized for every bad game,” Brooks said. “He's not the only player that has a bad game. He's not going to be the only player in the future that has bad games. But the only thing I can say about that is Russell knows what he needs to do. And we talk to him and he's coachable and he wants to get better.

“He controls his improvement, and he has done that. He doesn't listen to the critics because you can't. You have to be hard on yourself and he is. And I'm hard on him. And we have an understanding that we only get better when he continues to improve. And he has improved for three straight years. And that's all I ask for.”

When asked if Westbrook is the most overanalyzed point guard in NBA history, Brooks didn't hesitate to put him near the top of the list.

“Maybe not the history,” Brooks said. “But for what he's accomplished in three years, absolutely. He's right up there.”

IBAKA INJURIES NOT BELIEVED TO BE SERIOUS

The Thunder had an off day Wednesday, and Brooks did not have an update on Serge Ibaka by the time the coach addressed the media.

“I just know he twisted his ankle and bumped knees,” Brooks said.

Team officials didn't think the injury was serious.

REX RYAN PICKS THE THUNDER TO WIN IT ALL

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is picking the Thunder to win this year's NBA title.

Ryan was born in Ardmore in 1962. He played football at Southwestern Oklahoma State and coached the defense at OU in 1998. He made the prediction during an appearance on ESPN's NFL Live, telling host Trey Wingo he made the pick with “my hand over my heart. I'm from Oklahoma.”

THREE-DAY BREAK FORCED BY THE SCHEDULE

The three-day break between Game 2 and Game 3 between the Thunder and Grizzlies was a result of scheduling uncertainty of the previous series between Memphis and San Antonio.

If the Grizzlies-Spurs series went seven games, they would have played Game 7 on Sunday. The first game between the Thunder and the winner between Memphis and San Antonio would have been Tuesday, with Game 2 on Thursday and Game 3 on Saturday.

But since Memphis beat San Antonio in six, Game 1 of the Thunder-Grizzlies was played on Sunday. Game 2 was Tuesday and Game 3 was always slotted to be played Saturday.


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