Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant suffers bruised shoulder

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: March 18, 2011 at 11:38 pm •  Published: March 18, 2011

*When White played defense, he often would motion to teammates where the Thunder's play was heading. Always helpful to know the other team's playbook.

*Charlotte arrived in town Thursday, which gave White an opportunity to finally gather some clothes to take back to his new home. White was traded while on a road trip and hadn't returned to OKC since.

“It's part of the business. It happens to everybody at some point,” White said. “I have to take it as it is and keep moving.”

*The Thunder raised $10,500 for the Red Cross and Oklahoma City wildfire relief with an auction/raffle.

THE PERKINS POLICE

Midway though the third quarter, Augustin blew past Westbrook for an easy layup. An angry Perkins quickly showed his extreme displeasure with a scowl and some choice words for Westbrook before running downcourt.

Therein lies one of Perkins' best attributes — fear. You don't want to make him angry, even a teammate.

In the fourth quarter, all appeared to be forgiven. Perkins and Westbrook communicated frequently before setting up offensive plays.

Brooks has no objection to the 6-foot-10, 285-pound Perkins playing team cop.

“All good teams are policed by one another,” Brooks said. “You have a standard that we set in place, and we don't want it to go below that. If it does, it has to be addressed. It's always good to have players do that. It can't always be from me. It's also important the players understand that it's their team.”

QUOTABLE

“They had more focus as a team, it seemed like they cared more about the game than we did and they definitely showed it in the game." – Charlotte guard Stephen Jackson