Thunder notebook: Tough stretch

Oklahoman Modified: November 7, 2008 at 8:06 am •  Published: November 7, 2008
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’re really close (to jelling). It’s just certain mental breakdowns. We’re making good plays. The big thing is to be consistent. You see our young guys work hard, even after practice. We’re not very far away.”

WILLIAMS’ STATUS UNCERTAIN

Utah point guard Deron Williams, who won an Olympic gold medal this summer, has had to wait to make his 2008-09 NBA debut. Sidelined by a severely sprained ankle suffered three weeks ago that’s also causing nerve-related pain in his foot, Williams is questionable tonight.

Williams averaged 18.8 points and 10.5 assists last season. He and New Orleans’ Chris Paul are the league’s top two young point guards.

"They’re different players,” said Thunder guard Earl Watson. "Chris Paul is more like Isiah Thomas. Deron is bigger but quick for his size. His knowledge is unbelievable. He runs their system to a ‘T,’ almost to perfection. Chris Paul gets up and down the floor and is more creative.”

PINTO TAKES A BREAK

Thunder radio announcer Matt Pinto will miss the next couple of games as his wife are expecting a baby. Veteran play-by-play man Jim Durham will fill in.

BY MIKE BALDWIN



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