Thunder notebook: ‘White out' Wednesday for OKC

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: May 12, 2011

— In Game 4, Marc Gasol had 26 points and 21 rebounds in 57 minutes. In Game 5, he had 15 points and five rebounds in 31 minutes.

— In Game 4, OKC was 5 for 24 (.208) from 3-point range. In Game 5, the Thunder was 9 for 20 (.450).

— Game 4 took three hours, 52 minutes. Game 5 took two hours, 24 minutes.

FASTBREAK POINTS

The Thunder has scored twice as many fastbreak points as the Grizzlies and has outscored Memphis in all five games of the series, including 20-7 on Wednesday.

The series total now stands at 90-45.

PRAISING PRESTI

Thunder general manager Sam Presti has been considered a contender for NBA executive of the year the past two seasons – last year because of the 27-win improvement from the pervious season; and this year because of winning 55 games, its first Northwest Division crown and working a trade for Boston center Kendrick Perkins.

Presti failed to win the award, however, finishing second last season and tying for fifth this season with one vote. Miami's Pat Riley and Chicago's Gar Forman shared this year's award.

"He deserves (the award)," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said before Game 5. "He's put this team together. He's done a great job of building it piece by piece with a lot of patience. A lot of thought has gone into it, but knowing Sam as I know him, that (the award) is not really something that he looks to receive."

Presti negotiates all player deals and Brooks coaches the team. They never crossover into each other's duties.

"Communication is the most important thing," Brooks said of their successful working relationship. "If you communicate often, it ends up not being a meeting. It's just 'This is what we do.' If you have multiple meetings and you feel the stress and the pressures of each person's position, I think that could cause problems, but we communicate constantly, daily, before shoot-arounds, after, before practice, on the plane. We have a great relationship. I understand his job and he understands my job. We work together fine."

By John Rohde



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