Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is 36 points shy of 4,000 in his career.
When he reaches the mark, Westbrook will join Oscar Robertson, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Anfernee Hardaway as the only players in NBA history to amass 4,000 points, 1,500 assists and 1,000 rebounds in their first three seasons.
The 22-year-old Westbrook has been named Western Conference Player of the Week five times this season. No other player in the West has been selected more than twice.
BROOKS PROVES ONE-AT-A-TIME APPROACH
Thunder coach Scott Brooks insists he has a one-game-at-a-time approach to the season, and he proved it shortly after Monday night's game at Memphis.
Roughly 10 minutes after losing 107-101 to the Grizzlies, Brooks was asked what the Philadelphia 76ers, his next opponent, have done to turn around their season after a 3-13 start.
Brooks paused and searched his brain for an answer. “You know what,” Brooks said with a smile, “I don't think I'm properly prepared to answer that question right now.”
Entering Tuesday night's game at Indiana, the Sixers had gone 29-17 (.630) since starting the season 3-13. In that same time span, the Thunder went 28-18 (.609).
ROAD WORK MEANS ALL GAME, NO PRACTICE
Though this is only on a two-game road trip, it's still been demanding for the Thunder.
OKC played Sunday night at home against Phoenix, then immediately flew to Memphis. Teams don't have shootaround sessions on the second half of a back-to-back, so the Thunder didn't practice before Monday night's game at the FedExForum.
The Thunder flew to Philadelphia after losing to the Grizzlies. Teams don't practice the day after a back-to-back, so Thunder players instead did some weight training on Tuesday. Oddly, the Thunder was in Philadelphia on Tuesday while the Sixers were at Indiana.
Wednesday morning's shootaround at the Wells Fargo Center will be the Thunder's first practice since Sunday morning. All NBA teams goes through similar circumstances during a season.
The Thunder will be tested the last 10 games of this season when it has four back-to-backs, beginning with a stretch of three straight.
Since the All-Star break, reserve guard James Harden is averaging 18.0 points, shooting 93.9 percent from the free-throw line and 51.0 percent from the field. … The Thunder is 16-6 against the East this season. San Antonio (20-5) is the only West team with a better record against the East. … OKC is 17-5 in games after a loss this season. Again, only San Antonio (10-1) has a better record after a loss. … The Thunder has beaten the Sixers four straight times. … OKC returns home for a game against Detroit on Friday before going on a three-game road trip at Cleveland on Sunday, Washington on Monday and Miami next Wednesday.