GREEN BREAKS OUT OF SLUMPThunder coach Scott Brooks pointed to Jeff Green’s aggressiveness attacking the rim as one of the reasons Green broke out of his recent slump Wednesday against the Hornets. Green finished with 20 points on eight of 15 shooting with five rebounds and zero turnovers. "He was taking it to the basket,” Brooks said. "He took it strong to the basket, and he made his layups. You can’t just live on jump shots, and I thought (Wednesday) he mixed it up.” Before Wednesday’s game, Green had averaged just 9.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 turnovers in his past six games. "He wasn’t thinking as much out there,” said Durant. "He was just going out there and playing off instincts. That’s what we need for him...I’m happy he got back in his groove.”
BROOKS WANTS IMPROVEMENTAfter the Thunder scored a season-low 11 fourth-quarter points against the Hornets, making just three of 14 shots in the period, Brooks said he would focus more on late-game execution in practice. "We have to figure out ways to play physically, mentally tough basketball in the fourth quarter,” Brooks said. "We’ll do what we normally do in practice, put them in positions where they have to execute.”
BRIEFLYThe Thunder will resume practice today after taking Thursday off. A handful of players, however, showed up to the team’s practice facility to receive treatment and get in some off-day shooting. ... Indiana forward Danny Granger, who has missed the past month with a heel injury, is expected to return to the lineup soon. Granger on Thursday said he will not play tonight at Minnesota or Saturday against the Thunder.