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Thunder notebook: Thunder endures intense practice

Oklahoman Published: January 5, 2009
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Thunder players labeled Sunday’s practice as one of the most spirited of the season. The entire session was closed to the media, but players could be heard yelling from beyond the practice facility’s closed door throughout the longer-than-normal, 2 1/2-hour practice.

"We were going at each other, trying to push each other,” said center Robert Swift. "It was a little bit tougher, so we were trying to keep each other motivated.”

Thunder coach Scott Brooks put the team through scrimmages and again drilled on defensive principles.

"Practice was good today,” Brooks said. "We got a lot accomplished on the defensive end. We continue to need spirited practices. That’s how you get better.”

White undergoes second surgery
Rookie forward D.J. White underwent a second surgery on his jaw Sunday. Thunder officials said it was a standard procedure that has been scheduled since White underwent the first surgery in October to remove a benign growth in his jaw.

No new timetable has been announced for White’s recovery, which was originally listed at four to six months.