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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The team charter left for Detroit at 2:30 p.m.

ROSEY START

Lightning-quick Chicago point guard Derrick Rose got off to a fast start in the opener, scoring 20 points and handing out four assists in the first half.

When Rose repeatedly blew past Thunder defenders with early game drives, was Brooks worried perhaps his players had tired legs because he had worked them too hard during the preseason?

"I probably would have said that, if I didn't see him do that to the rest of the league," Brooks said of Rose. "What he does is not easy to guard. We threw a few things at him (defensively). He makes a coaching staff look not good. He's fast and explosive and gets to the basket in seconds. He's good. You've seen that (adidas) commercial. He's fast."