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Thunder notebook: OKC peaking with playoffs looming

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: March 26, 2011 at 6:49 pm •  Published: March 26, 2011

“One thing about me is I'm not scared to work on my flaws or things of that nature because I know we all have them. But I don't run for them … I can take the heat. Guys are joking with me about them. I just bounce back and keep working on it.”


In Friday's win over the Wolves, the Thunder registered a season-high 16 steals. The record number moved Oklahoma City ahead of Washington for fifth in the league at eights steals per game.

“That's one of our strengths defensively,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “We have some active wing defenders that can play passing lanes. When we have a lot of activity on the ball, it allows our wings to be more aggressive … But we don't look for steals. We let our defense get the steals. And when we do, we have to get out and run in transition.”


Each day Perkins seems to learn something new about his teammates. His latest revelation is reserve forward Nick Collison has some scoring ability. Collison helped cement that thought in Perkins' mind by scoring 13 points on 6-for-7 shooting against the Wolves.

“I think sometimes he gets a little passive and gets a little bit caught up into his role, which is good,” Perkins said. “But he can put the ball in the basket. He can make plays. And going into the playoffs, I think we're going to need everybody. Every night in the playoffs, it's a certain guy that wins a game for you, they have a big night. So whether it's the first or the 10th man, everybody got to be ready.”


The NBA on ESPN RV once again will be parked outside the main entrance of the Oklahoma City Arena during ESPN's telecast of Sunday's Thunder-Blazers game.

The RV will be open for fans to tour before the game. Games and giveaways will be available.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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