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Thunder notebook: OKC no longer flying under the radar

Oklahoman Modified: March 9, 2010 at 6:34 am •  Published: March 9, 2010


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WESTBROOK’S EYE DOING FINE
After leaving Sunday’s game with a cut above his right eye, Westbrook said he was fine after the game despite needing six stitches to close a gash caused by Kings forward Carl Landry.

"I’m good,” Westbrook said. "It’s nothing big. I’m fine. I was able to see normally. Not too much on the right side, but I was fine.”

SECOND-LUCKIEST MAN ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH
Brooks frequently turns downs opportunities to talk about his impact on the Thunder’s turnaround this season, but the coach doesn’t hesitate in talking about what a pleasure it’s been to captain Oklahoma City’s roster.

"I’m thrilled to be coaching in this league,” Brooks said. "It’s the second-best job in the world. Playing is the best, and it’s not even close. And you guys (the media) have the third-best job, talking about it, writing about it, watching it. It’s amazing. I’m blessed.”

DURANT’S GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT
When Durant recently was asked about his best individual achievement this season, the Thunder’s forward quickly cited being named to his first NBA All-Star team.

"That tells you your team is one of the better teams in the league, and you’ve been helping your team win,” said Durant, who ranks second in scoring at 29.7 points per game. "That’s kind of like a reward for that. Being an All-Star is what that means. So it was an honor for me and also for my teammates. I was very privileged and honored to be there to represent our team, my family and the whole state of Oklahoma.”

QUOTABLE
Thunder coach Scott Brooks on his team’s 19-13 road record — "They’re not intimidated by the road crowd or being the visitor. They just want to play.”

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY