Thunder notebook: Thunder gets over historic hump

Oklahoman Modified: January 23, 2009 at 4:42 am •  Published: January 23, 2009
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Wednesday night’s 122-121 win over Golden State was the Thunder’s ninth of the season, assuring Oklahoma City will not set a mark for the worst record in NBA history. But Thunder players and coach Scott Brooks said after the buzzer-beating victory that they never considered the futile feat a possibility.

"I didn’t think there were a lot of people really worried about it,” said Nick Collison. "I had heard people talking about that at some point, but I don’t think there was anybody on our team that really thought that or was really too worried about it. But it is nice now knowing that no one will talk about it anymore. That’s a good thing.”

Said Kevin Durant: "I never thought about it anyway. It is what it is. We’ve just got to move forward. I’m glad the talk is over obviously.”

A win tonight against the 9-32 Los Angeles Clippers could remove the worst-team tag from the Thunder for the first time this season.

"We’re going to keep pushing,” said Jeff Green. "We know what everybody is saying about us, and we know what type of team we are. We’re not the team that our record shows. We’re a much better team, and I think things are starting to turn around for us and we’re going to get better.”

DURANT’S SHOULDER IMPROVING
Durant said his injured left shoulder is gradually improving, although he still is wearing protective padding under his jersey.


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