Point guard Russell Westbrook, who missed Saturday's practice with a bruised right foot, participated in Monday morning's shootaround session at Santa Monica High School and started against the Lakers. He showed no ill effects in the first half, scoring 18 points and handing out five assists.
By starting, Westbrook kept alive his streak of consecutive games played at 205 and consecutive starts at 187. Westbrook has played in every game as a pro and hasn't missed a start since cracking the starting lineup 18 games into his rookie season.
COLLISON ON BROOKS
Scott Brooks is the fifth head coach power forward Nick Collison has had since joining the NBA in 2003-04 and he was asked about the growth of Brooks, who entered Monday night's game one win shy of his 100th victory with the Thunder (99-92).
“He's always been good, but his comfort level definitely seems higher — his command in the huddle in pre-game and postgame,” Collison said. “He knows our players better. He spends time with them. He's able to put guys in positions to be better. That's how he likes to coach.”
Brooks smiled and shook his head before the game when told he was one win away from the century mark.
“Being a head coach is like (having) the greatest weight-loss (plan),” the 45-year-old Brooks deadpanned. “I could write a book on weight loss. I lost like 12 pounds in the first three of four weeks. You don't have time to eat and do things, other than figure out how you can help your team get better.”
HOME SWEET HOME
Kevin Durant on being a homebody: “I like to have fun off the court. I can't be a guy who's not going to be any fun, not going to enjoy my experience, (but) sometimes that really doesn't appeal to me too much. I just relax, chill out and play video games. I like that stuff. I literally go to practice, come home and sit in the same spot all day. I like it. It keeps me out of any kind of trouble that might happen, keeps me focused on what I need to do.”
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