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Thunder notebook: Extra security set for Game 2 at OKC Arena

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, JOHN ROHDE AND BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writers, dmayberry@opubco.com; jrohde@opubco.com; btramel@opubco.com Published: May 2, 2011

With the death of Osama bin Laden, the NBA has added security precautions for playoff games, and Oklahoma City Thunder fans are urged to arrive early at Oklahoma City Arena for Tuesday night's game against Memphis.

"For this round, we will have some additional security measures in place," Thunder spokesman Dan Mahoney said. "We will be wanding all fans coming into building."

Tipoff is set for 8:30.

THE BLAME GAME

Kendrick Perkins blamed himself for the Thunder's 114-101 loss to Memphis in Game 1. The Thunder center cited a lack of defensive intensity, poor communication and a loss of composure on his part.

"I'm the vocal leader on this team and probably one of the most experienced guys, the big brother on this team," Perkins said. "I kind of let my emotions get the best of me (Sunday), and it affected everybody else. Accountability is key, and I take full accountability because I feel I let us down. … You're going to see a different Perk come Tuesday."

INDEFENSIBLE

Kevin Durant isn't the only player in this series who thinks Zach Randolph can't be stopped.

So does Zach Randolph, especially by Perkins.

"Perk's good, but all Perk can do is foul me," Randolph told FoxSports.com. "That's the only thing he can do. The best thing about his defense on me is to foul me. … He can't (stop Randolph). He's too slow. He's a big body. He can foul.

"I don't think nobody in the league can stop me. Not only Perk. I tell Perk to his face. I already told him before."

Durant called Randolph an "animal" who can't be stopped after his 34-point, 10-rebound performance and labeled the Grizzlies big man the best power forward in the game.

MORE POINTS

Only three Thunder players had more than five points in Game 1, which raised questions about where the help is going to come from.

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