By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer Modified: December 9, 2009 at 4:35 am •  Published: December 9, 2009
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During a hectic, road-heavy, two-week stretch last month, coach Scott Brooks was able to schedule only one practice a week. He faces a similar situation next week when the Thunder plays five games in seven days.

The Thunder will practice today and Thursday before leaving for Friday’s game in Memphis. Another practice is scheduled Saturday before Sunday’s game in the Ford Center against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"It’s important to get some good practice in,” Brooks said. "(Today) will be a good, tough practice. Thursday will be a little lighter. When you have a lot of games, you have a few things to work on and you don’t have time, you have to brush up half-speed at walk-throughs and shootarounds.”

Sefolosha’s versatility
Thabo Sefolosha is developing into a solid defender. Sefolosha, 6-foot-7, can guard small forwards like Boston’s Paul Pierce or LeBron James or elite perimeter scorers like Kobe Bryant or Carmelo Anthony. Warriors’ point guard Monta Ellis was a unique matchup.

Ellis, 6-2, relies on a quick first step. Ellis finished with 31 points but took 28 shots and had nine turnovers.

"It was challenging,” Sefolosha said. "I was just trying to contain him. He had a great night going to the basket mostly. But we did a pretty good job as a team. They didn’t shoot well (43.4 percent).”

Tracking deflections
You won’t see it on a stat sheet, but one area the Thunder has improved is deflections, a stat Brooks and his staff tracks in practices and games.