Thunder notebook: No mask for Smith

Oklahoman Modified: December 10, 2008 at 10:43 am •  Published: December 10, 2008
sing is no fun. I’m quite sure we all have the attitude and have pride in ourselves. ... We’re all tired of losing.”

Coach Scott Brooks said: "It’s not easy losing games. ... I know on a personal level their hearts are not losers. I’ve been around those type of players before, but we have guys who still believe in what we’re doing. They hurt when they don’t win. If there’s a bright spot it’s they hurt when they don’t win.”

Scouting Memphis
Oklahoma City ended a 14-game losing streak two weeks ago at Memphis. The Grizzlies have won two of their last three, but that was preceded by a seven-game losing streak. In the first meeting 10 days ago, the Thunder won 111-103, outscoring Memphis 14-3 down the stretch.

"That gives us a little confidence, but it really doesn’t matter,” said guard Russell Westbrook. "We have to go out and play hard every night. ... We can’t get off to another slow start (like Monday).”

Fast break
Brooks said Tuesday’s practice was "really good,” with an emphasis on defensive principles, reiterating practice is where you improve. ... Memphis is led by rookie O.J. Mayo, who played against Westbrook in the Pac-10. They were on opposing sides of a rivalry — Westbrook at UCLA, Mayo at USC. ... Robert Swift (back spasms) is listed day-to-day but still hasn’t returned to practice.

By Mike Baldwin

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