Veteran power forward Etan Thomas was signed to provide inside muscle but hasn't played in six weeks (Dec. 4). Thomas isn't injured. He's not in the doghouse. He's simply no longer part of Brooks' nine-man rotation.
“It's hard to play all the guys,” Brooks said. “Etan gives us good practices. He's been great. He's been professional. He's done everything we want a guy in that situation to do. He's a true pro. He's keeping his body and mind right.
“But there are only so many guys you can play. Byron (Mullens) didn't play for 34 games and we threw him in there (Saturday). You could easily say that, ‘Why not Byron?' You can say that about four or five guys on every team. We're no different.”
HOME SWEET HOME
The Thunder finally is building some momentum at home. OKC is 11-8 in the Ford Center, going 5-1 at home since Dec. 18.
“I think we've found that balance between winning at home and on the road,” Durant said. “I think we get a little lax here because we have such a great crowd. But we're starting to learn we have to bring that focus every night. And guys are bringing it. It's been good on the defensive end.”