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Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant named Western Conference Player of the Month

By John Rohde, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: January 3, 2011 at 7:05 pm •  Published: January 3, 2011

Brooks described Memphis All-Star center Zach Randolph as “an offensive rebounding machine (4.3 per game). He's a mid-range shooting machine. He can score. He has kind of an awkward game and you think none of his shots are going to go up, but they always go in. He does it to the league, not just us. Defensively, we're going to get challenged.”

FORGET THE ALAMO

Asked if it's possible to forget such a monumental loss as the one in San Antonio, Brooks said, “For players, yes. That's definitely the case. There are a lot of bad losses that you just forget and come back the next day and have a good practice. Coaches don't forget. You're always concerned about why it happened, or figuring out why it happened and how can you prevent it from happening again. So you don't forget, but you have to move on to the next game.”

LOSE-WIN SITUATION

The Thunder is 10-1 after a loss this season and is coming off the embarrassing loss to the Spurs.

After Memphis, the Thunder plays at Dallas on Thursday and returns home to face the Grizzlies again Saturday.

“We've got to play better,” Brooks said. “We didn't give ourselves a chance to win offensively (against San Antonio). We just gave up so many opportunities … The numbers were just ugly. The efficiency level was very poor.”


THUNDER AT GRIZZLIES

When: 7 p.m.

Where: FedEx Forum.

TV: FS Oklahoma (Cox 37, HD Ch. 722)

Radio: WWLS 98.1-FM, WWLS 640-AM.

THREE THINGS TO KNOW

This is the first of four meetings between the two teams. The Thunder will welcome the Grizzlies to Oklahoma City for the second meeting on Saturday.

The Thunder is 10-1 after a loss.

Memphis forces opponents into 17.4 turnovers per game, the most in the league.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Thunder (23-12)

Pos., Player, Ht., Pts., Reb., Ast

G, Russell Westbrook, 6-3, 21.9, 4.9, 7.9

G, Thabo Sefolosha, 6-7, 5.7, 5.2, 1.6

F, Kevin Durant, 6-9, 27.9, 6.3, 3.0

F, Jeff Green, 6-9, 15.7, 5.8, 2.0

C, Nenad Krstic, 7-0, 7.7, 4.5, 0.5

Grizzlies (15-19)

G, Mike Conley, 6-1, 13.7, 3.1, 7.0

G, Tony Allen, 6-4, 5.3, 2.0, 1.1

F, Rudy Gay, 6-8, 20.9, 6.1, 2.7

F, Zach Randolph, 6-9, 18.9, 12.5, 1.7

C, Marc Gasol, 7-1, 11.7, 7.3, 2.8

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