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Thunder notebook: Small numbers, great importance

Defensive specialist Thabo Sefolosha is more than just scoring
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: October 28, 2010 at 6:26 pm •  Published: October 28, 2010
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Guard and defensive specialist Thabo Sefolosha scored just one point in the Thunder's season-opening victory over Chicago on Wednesday night, but his presence was felt elsewhere with four assists, four rebounds, four blocked shots and two steals.

"Thabo was a huge part of our win," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "He does a great job of defending his man. He chased down two layup opportunities (for Chicago) and blocked them. Those were huge, game-changing, game-winning basketball plays. He does it all the time for us. I don't take it for granted because I know it's a special quality that he has. He does a lot of great things for our team."

EASY DOES IT

The Thunder went through a light, 40-minute workout Thursday morning.

"I told our guys, 'I'm not looking for a lot of effort. I'm just looking for focus,'" Brooks said. "It was 40 minutes of good focus and a lot of teaching. Not a lot of sweat, but that was on purpose."

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