Thunder notebook: Taking Nets seriously

By Mike Baldwin and Darnell Mayberry Modified: March 12, 2010 at 5:43 am •  Published: March 12, 2010

Coach Scott Brooks is confident the Thunder won’t have a letdown tonight against the 7-57 Nets.

"Their record is not where they want it to be, but they can win games,” Brooks said. "We have to focus on what we do and do it well and do it with great effort. Our guys have done a great job of that all year.”

Harden Update
Rookie guard James Harden suffered a strained right hamstring when he landed awkwardly in the second quarter of Wednesday night’s win. Harden ran beyond half court after play stopped to try and stretch out the hamstring. Harden played the rest of the game but did not practice Thursday.

"It just tightened up on him,” Brooks said. "We don’t know (if he’ll play tonight). We’ll see how he feels after he gets treatment. It’s day to day.”

Alley-oop practice
After prohibiting lob plays the first half of the season, Brooks is setting aside practice time for alley-oop slam dunks.

"After that Russell (Westbrook) to Jeff Green (botched) attempt I might reconsider letting them do it,” Brooks said, laughing. "You need the opportunity to practice it. We won’t go crazy with that play. But with our shooters coming off a pin-down, it puts a lot of pressure on the defense if we catch the lob.