Thunder notebook: Thabo Sefolosha sits; Daequan Cook starts

by Darnell Mayberry Published: February 1, 2012
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BROOKS HONORED

Brooks has been named the Western Conference Coach of the Month for games played in December and January, the league announced Wednesday.

Over that span, Brooks led the Thunder to a 16-4 record, good for the league's best winning percentage and tying the record for the third-best start in franchise history. The Thunder also won seven straight games between Jan. 6 and Jan. 16, including back-to-back-to-back wins over Houston and San Antonio.

Oklahoma City's 100.4 points per game also ranked third in the league going into Wednesday's games.

DURANT DOESN'T APPRECIATE GRIFFIN'S DUNK

Two days later, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin's monster dunk against the Thunder still was very much a topic of discussion.

But Kevin Durant again dismissed it.

“I have no appreciation for it at all,” Durant said. “It was a layup, I think. He threw the ball in and got fouled and made a free throw. So it's three points at the end of the day, no matter how it went in the basket. I really wasn't impressed. He finished it. So what? We moved on. But that's not why we loss the game.”

Durant then grew slightly annoyed as he continued defending Perkins and the rest of his team.

Anytime you guys ask me about my teammate getting dunked on or crossed up or a shot that's made on him, it's a bad play for me. I don't like it,” Durant said.

Durant then said he wasn't surprised at how much attention the dunk had received.

“I wasn't surprised, because Blake is a poster child,” Durant said. “He dunks the ball a lot and he makes spectacular plays. If it wasn't against us, maybe I would have said it was a good play. But it was against us so it was a bad play. I have nothing against Blake. Don't get that wrong. But it was against us, so I got to stick up for my teammate.”

When asked if he was surprised his dunk against Mavs center Brendan Haywood in last year's Western Conference Finals didn't receive more attention, Durant said no.

I knew that one wasn't going to get attention because we never get attention like that,” Durant said. “We're not an L.A. team or a Chicago team or a Miami team. So all our plays get thrown under the radar.”

QUOTABLE

Durant on the Thunder-Mavs matchup: “They're always tough. Playing these guys, they got so many offensive weapons. It's tough to guard them. It's always going to be a battle between us, no matter how good we are or how bad we are as organizations. We might be having losing streaks, but it's always going to be a good game between us.”

UP NEXT

The Thunder will return to Chesapeake Energy Arena for one night to face Memphis on Friday before embarking on a five-game road trip. Tip-off against the Grizzlies 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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