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Thunder returns to action Tuesday against Blake Griffin, Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers dominated the Thunder in their first meeting this season, but OKC players say both teams are much better now.
By John Rohde, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: February 21, 2011
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Before the start of Monday night's 90-minute practice, Thunder coach Scott Brooks admitted he was concerned about the energy level of his All-Star players.

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka and James Harden returned from the All-Star festivities in Los Angeles, and also returned to practice.

“I was waiting for them to see how they would be in warm-ups, but they had energy,” Brooks said. “They were ready to practice. I could have told them to sit out a few drills, but they wouldn't have listened. They were ready to go. I was a little concerned, but I'm not now.”

Following a one-week break from regular-season action, the Thunder (35-19) returns against the Los Angeles Clippers (21-35) tonight at 7 inside Oklahoma City Arena, where the Thunder has yet to beat the Clippers (0-3).

When the teams met earlier this season on Nov. 3, the Clippers dominated, outscoring the Thunder in every quarter while shooting 52.5 percent from the field and 50 percent (8 for 16) from 3-point range in a 107-92 rout.

“That night wasn't a good night for us,” Brooks said. “They were desperate, they played hard and we had no answers for them.”

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