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Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook about to join exclusive company

By John Rohde, Staff Writer, Published: March 8, 2011

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.


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).


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.

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