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Thunder notebook: Nick Collison concentrating more on offense

By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer, Modified: March 19, 2010 at 12:10 am •  Published: March 19, 2010

aver appears to be passing on opportunities, taking only five shots and failing to score since stepping in for Harden three games ago.

"I don’t want Kyle to play outside his game,” Brooks said. "We’ll find enough scoring.”

Attributing a fierce and fiery practice to wanting to get past Wednesday’s blown opportunity at Charlotte, Kevin Durant proudly spoke about how things got heated during Thursday’s session.

"It was cutthroat,” Durant said. "One-on-one, going at each other and bringing the best out of each other. We got angry. We threw basketballs. We yelled and screamed. But it’s all a part of our growth. I think it was one of our better practices. We’re excited for shoot-around (today) and the game.”

Jeff Green sat out a portion of Thursday’s practice but not to protect his elbow after falling hard Wednesday. Green sustained a sprained finger on his non-shooting hand when he reached for the ball and got his finger caught in Serge Ibaka’s jersey. ...

At the end of Thursday’s practice, Mustafa Shakur, Eric Maynor and D.J. White played a competitive game of 3-on-3 against Kevin Ollie, Weaver and Etan Thomas. Assistant coaches Brian Keefe and Ron Adams monitored the game, and Brooks said he didn’t want them to play but the players insisted in an attempt to stay sharp. ...

Harden launched 3-pointers and other mid-range shots after practice Thursday. He didn’t appear to be favoring his right hamstring.

Kevin Durant on whether he filled out a bracket for the NCAA Tournament — "I didn’t get to. I’m going to fill one out after the games today. That’s going to help me out.”