When it comes to shooting 3-pointers, Russell Westbrook is under different instructions than Kevin Durant, Daequan Cook, James Harden and others.
"I won't encourage him (Westbrook) to continue to shoot 3s," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said with a smile, "but I always tell him if he's open, and you're set, then see how it goes. I give him credit. He has improved."
While prominent outside shooters are pretty much given the green light, Westbrook's permission to shoot comes with a disclaimer.
"I don't go into a game thinking he's going to make four out of five, but if he's open, depending on the situation, I have no problem with Russell taking that shot," Brooks said.
Westbrook, who is shooting 34.8 percent from 3-point range this season, has taken only one 3-point attempt since converted 4 for 5 against Portland last Sunday.
Westbrook's new-found prowess has helped the Thunder slowly climb out of the NBA basement in 3-point percentage, from No. 30 to No. 19.
OKC is 27-9 (.750) this season in games where forward Serge Ibaka has started.
Ibaka also ranks fourth in the league in blocked shots (2.3) and earlier this year blocked at least one shot in 26 straight games, which was the NBA's longest streak at the time.
Ibaka has blocked four or more shots on 16 occasions and the Thunder is 15-1 in those games.
Durant's third annual youth basketball camp has been scheduled for June 29-30 at Heritage Hall High School. Durant will be on site the entire camp to direct activities and provide instruction and will be joined by several of the top prep and collegiate coaches from the Oklahoma City area.