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Thunder notebook: OKC drops opening game to Grizzlies

Darnell Mayberry Published: July 13, 2009
The Thunder lost its first game of the NBA Summer League, falling 86-57 to Memphis on Sunday night at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.

Oklahoma City was plagued by turnovers, shaky defense and a little too much one-on-one play. The Thunder turned the ball over 23 times, leading to 26 Grizzlies points, and shot just 37 percent from the field. Memphis guard Marcus Williams had twice as many assists (17) as the Thunder had as a team (eight). The Thunder was led by Russell Westbrook’s 14 points. Kyle Weaver was the only other Thunder player to score more than six.

Weaver plays through injury
Weaver played in Sunday’s opening game despite suffering a minor left thumb injury in the final days of the Orlando Pro Summer League.

Weaver played 18 minutes, scoring 11 points.

Dove, Longar sightings
Former Oklahoma State forward Marcus Dove checked into the game for the first time with 3:17 left in the third quarter. He went scoreless in six minutes, missing his only shot attempt and committing one foul.

Former Oklahoma forward Longar Longar played the final three minutes, pulling down one rebound.

The All-Hustle Team
When the Thunder fell behind by 20 at 62-42 with 2:51 to go in the third quarter, Thunder summer league coach Brian Keefe inserted a lineup of Keith McLeod, Robert Vaden, Dove, Doug Thomas and DeVon Hardin.


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