“It's good that he's back with us,” Brooks said. “He just gives us a good energy, a good vibe. He has the toughness to stop most players on any given night at multiple positions. And he's been making the 3-point shot all season before he got hurt. We have confidence in his shot. He steps up and he has to take that shot and he believes in it.”
WESTBROOK CUTTING DOWN TURNOVERS
Russell Westbrook has been taking much better care of the basketball lately.
After averaging 4.2 turnovers in 34 games before All-Star Weekend, the Thunder's point guard is now averaging just 2.7 turnovers in 11 games since the break.
Westbrook has been even better in March, averaging just 2.3 turnovers in 10 games this month. Against the Blazers on Sunday, Westbrook played 35 minutes and didn't turn it over a single time, something he had not done all season. The last time Westbrook finished with zero turnovers was Dec. 25, 2010 against Denver, a streak of 95 regular season games.
THUNDER TERRIFIC AT BOUNCING BACK
Following Sunday's win over the Blazers, the Thunder moved to 10-1 in games after a loss. The only two-game losing streak of the year came back on Jan. 2 and Jan. 3 against Dallas and Portland, the sixth and seventh games of the season.
Asked the key to the team's success after losses, Westbrook said “just being more focused, especially when we're at home we know after a loss we got to come back and be ready to play.”
The Thunder will face Utah at 8 p.m. on Tuesday night at EnergySolutions Arena. It will be a brief one-game trip. The Thunder will return to Oklahoma City immediately after facing the Jazz and begin a three-game home stand on Wednesday.