"We thought he did a nice job for us when Devin got tossed out of the Clipper game (Nov. 15)," Johnson said. "Ben came in and provided the type of defense we're looking for. He's got terrific size for a point guard. He has the capability of making a 3. I told him this morning to not even be so hesitant. Just let it loose and we'll evaluate it after the game is over."
Uzoh played 12 minutes against the Thunder and did not score. He came in having played just 16 total minutes in three games.
Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha entered the contest having converted 17 of his last 27 shots (.630), including 4 of 7 (.571) from 3-point range.
Not coincidentally, Sefolosha has taken extra shots after practice.
"Thabo does a lot of work," Brooks said. "He's one of the best perimeter defenders in the league and he has to be able to stick with that in order for us to continue to improve. When he gets an open shot, I feel confident that he's going to make them. He's serious about being a player. He works every day at it."
Sefolosha said: "I still have a lot of work to do with shooting, but I think (taking extra shots after practice) helps you with your confidence, just having a routine, doing the same thing every day. Moving without the ball really got me going more than anything."
Former Oklahoma State forward Stephen Graham has been in the NBA six seasons and is now with his seventh team â€” he's played for Houston, Chicago, Cleveland, Portland, Indiana, Charlotte and New Jersey. â€¦ Thunder center Nenad Krstic played four seasons (2004-08) with the Nets, but received minimal applause during pregame introductions. â€¦ Russell Westbrook, an 88.6-percent free-throw shooter coming in, missed three of his first six attempts, but finished 10 for 14. â€¦ Five players played 50-plus minutes â€” Sefolosha, Green, Brook Lopez, Anthony Morrow and Farmar.
"He's playing out of his mind, man," â€” Durant on Westbrook