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Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks contemplating change in starting lineup

OKC's coach might start Royal Ivey at shooting guard and returning Daequan Cook to the second unit.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: March 8, 2012
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According to the league office, Perkins officially has 10 technical fouls this season and has had three rescinded.

Had all of Perkins' technicals stood, he would have already served a one-game suspension.

A player receives a one-game suspension once he reaches 13 technical fouls during the 66-game regular season and serves a one-game suspension for every other technical thereafter.

The count resets for the postseason and a one-game suspension commences with a player's seventh technical and every other one thereafter.

The technical count for the rest of the Thunder: Westbrook 8; Serge Ibaka 3; Durant 2; Nazr Mohammed 1; Harden 1; Ryan Reid 1.

TURNOVER TROUBLES

Going into Wednesday's contest against Phoenix, Durant had committed 16 turnovers in the previous three games while Westbrook had committed just five.

OKC and New York lead the league in turnovers at 16.8 per game. Westbrook has the second-most turnovers in the league with 157. Only New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams (163) has more. Durant has the fifth-most turnovers with 142, the most of any non-guard.

“His turnovers lately have been (because) he's dribbling too much into the crowd,” Brooks said of Durant. “A lot of times he's ready to pass, but it's too late (and) they're stripping the ball. He needs to make that pass one dribble earlier.”

On the first possession against the Suns, Durant committed a turnover, but had just one more the rest of the game.

UP NEXT

Games 3 and 4 of the Thunder's five-game homestand will be Friday against Cleveland (14-23) and Saturday against Charlotte (5-32). Game 5 is Tuesday against Houston (21-19). All games start at 7 p.m. at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Though Charlotte has the worst record in the league, the Thunder should be well-aware not to overlook anybody. OKC has lost to Washington (9-29) and Sacramento (13-26) this season. Plus, the Bobcats upset Orlando on Tuesday while the Cavaliers are coming off a 100-99 victory Wednesday night at Denver.

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Perkins on why he likes playing in close games: “I really don't like blowouts. I like those type games when you're at home and need to make the big play. I think we need that. See who's got the heart, (you) see who's going to come through in the clutch for you. We've got a lot of young guys that have got a lot of pride and go play hard every night.”