"It was awful tender (Wednesday),” said coach P.J. Carlesimo
. "He really only did about five minutes in a not-difficult practice (Tuesday). Literally, it will be how he feels at the shootaround (this morning) and more importantly what he feels like (tonight).”
Shooting has been the Thunder’s biggest shortcoming. Through eight games, Oklahoma City is shooting a league-worst 40 percent from the field. The player in the biggest slump is rookie Russell Westbrook
, who has shot 13.8 percent the past two games (4-of-29).
Other than Joe Smith
(52.7 percent) and Kevin Durant
(45.1), it’s pretty much a team-wide epidemic. For the season, Westbrook (29.0 percent), Earl Watson
(33.7), Jeff Green
(38.6), Desmond Mason
(39.1) and Nick Collison
(41.7) have struggled offensively.
"Some of that is execution. Some of that is guys are better shooters than they’ve shown so far,” Carlesimo said. "They’re not making shots. We’re confident that will change. We still have to get better shots and get it up the floor a little more consistently, so we’re playing open floor sometimes.”
DIALING LONG DISTANCE
Green surprisingly has shot much better behind the 3-point arc than inside it.