Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks no stranger to new Portland coach Kaleb Canales

Thunder coach Scott Brooks and newly named interim Portland coach Kaleb Canales got to know each other at the summer camp of Tim Grgurich, who has been an NBA assistant with Seattle, Portland, Denver and Dallas.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: March 19, 2012

He remained in the game and missed his first four shots from the field and three of his first four free throws. Harden converted his final seven free throws to finish 11 for 14 and went 1 for 7 from the field. He did have a team-high seven assists.

In the six previous games, Harden had averaged 21.8 points, shot 59.7 percent from the field and 51.4 percent from 3-point range.

NEW-LOOK BLAZERS

In a flurry of moves last Thursday, Portland fired coach Nate McMillan, acquired guard Jonny Flynn, center Hasheem Thabeet and a second-round pick from Houston in exchange for center Marcus Camby and also acquired center Mehmet Okur, forward Shawne Williams and a conditional 2012 first-round pick (top 3 protected) from the New Jersey Nets in exchange for forward Gerald Wallace.

In addition to naming assistant Canales interim head coach, the Blazers also waived Greg Oden and Chris Johnson.

Flynn did not play Sunday and Thabeet was not with the team.

TIP-INS

Thunder reserve guard Daequan Cook, who missed Friday night's loss against San Antonio with a sore right shoulder, played 20 minutes and had five points and four rebounds. … The Thunder allowed Portland just 15 points in the first quarter, three points off the season-low for an opponent his season. … The Blazers shot 26.1 percent (6 for 23) in the first period, 64.7 percent (11 for 17) in the second quarter and trailed 57-42 at halftime.

QUOTABLE

Thunder reserve forward Nick Collison on why Portland was able to win 100-89 at Chicago one day after revamping its roster: "Historically in the league, as soon as teams make a coaching change or a trade, that team plays well. They get a boost of energy, for whatever reason, so we know we have to be ready to play. They still have talented guys. They've got an All-Star in (forward LaMarcus) Aldridge. (Reserve guard Jamal) Crawford can get it going. They're definitely capable of playing well."

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