Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant film seeking extras

Extras will portray passers-by and neighbors in some street scenes on Monday and Wednesday. The casting office will hire 500 paid extras to portray Oklahoma City Thunder fans at a home game.
BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Published: January 18, 2012

“His development over the last three years has been phenomenal,” Saunders said. “He was a guy who when he first came in was very one-dimensional. He played because he was athletic. But now, he's understanding the game more and he's improved his perimeter shot a lot. He's able to do so many more things and be more multi-dimensional in how he plays.”

Westbrook scored a game- and season-high 36 points with five rebounds and seven assists on 14-for-26 shooting in Wednesday's 105-102 loss to Washington.

QUOTABLE

Wizards coach Saunders on Durant — “I said Kevin (Garnett) is the most versatile player probably to ever play the game; his overall game as far as offense and defense. But Durant's kind of in a league by himself. His ability to score at his size and score from where he scores from makes him pretty much unguardable.”

TIP-INS

Former Thunder forward Jeff Green attended Wednesday's game. Green, who was traded to Boston last season, is out for the year after heart surgery. Green sat courtside beneath the basket in front of the Wizards bench and journeyed into the Thunder's locker room after the game to speak to his former teammates. Green declined an interview request. Asked if he had anything to say to fans in Oklahoma, Green said, “Tell them I said hello.”…Saunders, before the game, called the Thunder's four-man rotation of big men the best in the league. …Wizards fans booed forward Andray Blatche during pre-game introductions and booed the Wizards as a team throughout the first quarter. …The Thunder finished with 15 assists and 21 turnovers against the Wizards. It was the fifth time this season that the Thunder has had more turnovers than assists. …Washington's 19 offensive rebounds tied the Thunder's opponent high for this season. Memphis had that much in the third game of the season. …Oklahoma City shot just 4-for-19 from beyond the 3-point line Wednesday, setting a season-low for 3-point accuracy.

UP NEXT

The Thunder will take Thursday off and travel to New Jersey, where Oklahoma City will face the Nets on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Wednesday's box score: Washington 105, Oklahoma City 102