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Thunder notebook: Players' expectations for winning is evolving

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: February 23, 2010 at 4:42 am •  Published: February 23, 2010
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/> Ollie played three minutes and went scoreless without an assist, rebound or turnover. Maynor played only six minutes, his lowest since coming over from Utah, and registered nothing but two fouls on the stat sheet.

When asked whether Ollie, who’s played in only three games since Nov. 22, will begin receiving the backup minutes again, Brooks said: ‘We’ll see. I like the fact that we have three point guards that play a good brand of basketball.”

WESTBROOK CONTINUES TO IMPRESS
With 44.4 seconds left to play against the Timberwolves, Russell Westbrook pulled down his 10th rebound to give him his second career triple-double. The second-year point guard was a rebound shy of the feat Saturday in New York, and he nearly had a triple-double on three other occasions this month.

"I wouldn’t say I was waiting on it,” Westbrook said. "But I’ve been so close so many times throughout this year that one had to crack. I’m just thankful.”

In seven February games, Westbrook is averaging 19.6 points, 9.7 assists, 7.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals.

BRIEFLY
As expected, the Thunder waived Matt Harpring on Monday and signed Antonio Anderson to a 10-day contract. Anderson, a 6-foot-6 guard out of Memphis, averaged 15.5 points, 5.9 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 32 games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers this season. He will wear jersey No. 8. ... Phoenix guard Steve Nash is not expected to play tonight to rest his abdomen/back. ...Six mascots from across the NBA will be in the Ford Center on Sunday during the Thunder’s game against Toronto to help celebrate Thunder mascot Rumble’s birthday.


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