â€œIt has to take place over time,â€ Brooks said. â€œAnd it has, not just between (Durant and Westbrook) but our team. Everybody feels comfortable with each other, and guys do a great job of accepting their roles.â€
PASSION EVIDENT AT PRACTICE
Tuesday's practice wasn't an uncharacteristically long session. But it was spirited.
â€œIt was a little chippy today, which is good,â€ Brooks said. â€œOur guys normally are not like that but I like to see that. I like to see the toughness that needs to be displayed in order to win in this league. And they had it today.â€
After nursing a bruised left rib over the past few days, rookie center Cole Aldrich returned to practice Tuesday and is available for Wednesday night's game. â€¦ Nenad Krstic (back) has been ruled out against the Rockets. Serge Ibaka will again start in his place. â€¦ Houston played at home against Sacramento on Tuesday night. The Rockets are 2-4 in the second night of back-to-backs. â€¦ The Thunder is 5-2 on Wednesdays.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks on assistant coach Mark Bryant injuring centers Cole Aldrich and Byron Mullens in recent practices â€” â€œMark's tough. Mark played, what, 15, 16 years? And he was a bruiser. So you are what you are.â€