Thunder notebook: Thabo Sefolosha participates in practice

There is still no firm timeline on when Sefolosha will return to the lineup. He's missed 22 straight games with what the team is calling right foot soreness.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: March 12, 2012
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“It's a great feeling,” Harden said. “I made some shots. I hadn't had 30 since I've been in the NBA and just to have it one time felt great…I'm just in a groove right now in terms of making shots and getting to the rim. Hopefully I can stay in that and hopefully we can continue to win games.”

Harden is averaging 19.5 points on 56.9 percent shooting in six games this month, currently the highest totals of his career for any one month.

WESTBROOK SIGNS WITH U.S. CELLULAR

Russell Westbrook has signed a sponsorship deal with the U.S. Cellular, the Chicago-based wireless telecommunications company.

Westbrook and U.S. Cellular have entered into a two-year partnership in which Westbrook will serve as a spokesman for the company while also taking part in interactive experiences with fans.

Fans can now visit any U.S. Cellular location statewide to register to win tickets to watch a Thunder game from the U.S. Cellular loft inside Chesapeake Energy Arena, as well as participate in a shoot-around with Westbrook at the April 8 home game against Toronto.

Exclusive photos and videos from Westbrook also will be posted. Fans can keep track of Westbrook and get updates from the two-time All-Star when the team is at home and on the road.

“I'm excited to partner with U.S. Cellular and connect with fans of all ages,” Westbrook said in a statement. “I'm looking forward to interacting with fans and sharing a behind-the-scenes look at my life.”

TOURNEY PICKS

Brooks said he hasn't made up his mind on which team he'll pick to win it all in this year's NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.

“I'll get with you guys Thursday,” he said.

Harden, meanwhile, is staying away from No. 1 seeds.

“I'm not going to say Syracuse or Kentucky,” Harden said. “I'm going to say maybe like Missouri or Michigan State or somebody. Somebody that people don't expect to win.”

As for reserve center Nazr Mohammed, of course he's going with his alma mater and the No. 1 overall-seeded Kentucky Wildcats.

“If you have to ask me, you don't know me,” Mohammed quipped.

TIP-INS

Brooks said the Thunder had a couple of four-minute, five-on-five scrimmages for the first time in a long time at Monday's practice. The team also worked on defensive schemes, ball movement and screen setting, Brooks said…Westbrook has been held out of practices since spraining his left ankle on March 1 at Orlando. Brooks, however, said Monday that “he's pretty close to starting to come back.”…Rockets starting point guard Kyle Lowry will miss two to four weeks with a bacterial infection.

UP NEXT

The Thunder will face Houston inside Chesapeake Energy Arena on Tuesday. It will be the fourth and final meeting between the Thunder and Rockets. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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