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Thunder notebook: OKC defense no longer tops the charts

Thunder coach Scott Brooks expressed supreme disappointment in his team's defense in Monday's 112-100 loss against the Clippers.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, Modified: January 31, 2012 at 6:58 pm •  Published: January 31, 2012

The Clippers visit OKC on March 21 and April 11. The Thunder plays at the Clippers on April 16.


Now it gets very interesting for the Thunder. After playing two road games in a span of four days, OKC now plays seven games in a span of 10 days, with six of those games on the road.

Here is it: at Dallas on Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Memphis at home Friday, 7 p.m.; at San Antonio on Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; at Portland on Monday, 9 p.m.; at Golden State on Tuesday, 9:30 p.m.; at Sacramento on Feb. 9, 9:30 p.m.; at Utah on Feb. 10, 9:30 p.m.


The Thunder was built with a slew of trades that brought early draft choices and key role players, and with retaining players it wanted to keep.

The Clippers have restructured themselves primarily through trades and free-agent acquisitions of All-Star veterans Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups and Caron Butler.

“Their guy should win executive of the year with all the moves he made,” Thunder forward Kevin Durant said of Clippers general manager Neil Olshey. “Getting CP, keeping DeAndre (Jordan) and getting Caron and Chauncey. They're gelling so well. They're playing well right now.”


Paul, on the Clippers making four straight 3-pointers for a 12-0 spurt in a span of 51 seconds just before halftime: “That was probably the best exchange of basketball I've ever been a part of since I've been in the NBA. Four 3s in under a minute, and not only did we make the shots, it was how we did it. We moved the ball, and just the excitement of it.”