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BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: March 2, 2011 at 11:18 pm •  Published: March 2, 2011

/articleid/3545413/1/pictures/1377105">Photo - Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) looks to shoot over Indiana's Dahntay Jones (1) during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Indiana Pacers at the Oklahoma City Arena, Wednesday, March 2, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) looks to shoot over Indiana's Dahntay Jones (1) during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Indiana Pacers at the Oklahoma City Arena, Wednesday, March 2, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

TULSA TIME

Rookies and second-year players on NBA rosters are allowed three separate stints in the Developmental League. Aldrich and Byron Mullens have made two trips this season, and both are expected to return to Tulsa at some point.

When deciding to send one of his players down to the D-League, Thunder coach Scott Brooks said he takes into account the Thunder's upcoming schedule, but also the 66ers' schedule.

“We look at those factors, and Sam,” Brooks said, referring to Thunder general manager Sam Presti. “Sam really focuses in on that, and we both talk about it. I feel it's been very helpful for both (Aldrich and Mullens) to go to Tulsa. Those trips to Tulsa have been good for us, but we've added a couple of good bigs (in Perkins and Mohammed), so there aren't a lot of available minutes with us.”

QUOTABLE

“I'm not athletic. Don't put me in that bunch. I have average athleticism. He's an athlete. I'm decent. I'm fast enough, but not fast.” – Mohammed on the difference between him and Serge Ibaka, who had 12 rebounds and six blocks against the Pacers.

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